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This initiative gives students the opportunity to get involved in hands-on service learning projects during both the October and February Reading Weeks. There are a variety of projects offered that allow you to participate locally during both weeks, or to do some travelling during the February break to serve communities abroad!
Each experience is designed to offer you the opportunity to meet new people, build relationships, and stretch yourself in new directions as you learn about the issues facing the community you are serving in. This will happen both with fellow teammates, with the organizations we partner with, and by learning from the local people in the community. You will also have the opportunity to experience the culture of the area, delve into the social issues at hand, and develop new skills as you serve and participate in group discussion throughout the week to help you understand all that you are learning and seeing.
It is our hope that you return with a sparked interest in being an active citizen and a greater understanding of the social issues that impact communities. We also hope you identify how this experience ties into your academics here at Brock, or plays into your future plans while meeting some great new friends along the way!
The 2014 February Alternative Reading Week will take place from Saturday, February 15 - Sunday, February 23 and will involved the following opportunities:
Applications for the trips are now open to the Brock community and accepted on an on-going basis until the trips are full, or until noon on Friday, November 15 at the latest. Apply now, by clicking on the trip destination above, and secure your spot while seats are available!
Down payment form - please print, complete and submit with your deposit if you are applying to one of the trips. When your deposit is received, your application will be considered complete:
Click here  for a brief video of the South Carolina trip from February 2013!
Here is a small snapshot of what past Brock student have to say about their experience:
It's amazing what a small contribution can do to help a lot of people in a big way."
- JC Bitonti, St. Catharines participant
"The Alternative Spring Break trip to South Carolina couldn't have been a better reading week experience. I've done the resort vacations and now, after volunteering with Brock down south, I don't think I would ever go back to a resort! You just get SO much more out of a trip like this, the people you are with are amazing, you get to work with locals and truly make a difference in a community that needs it."
- Southern US participant
"I really enjoyed my trip to the Dominican.As a first year student living in residence I was unsure of how I would impact my residence community. I was very involved at my high school and wanted that to continue as I moved into University. Going to the Dominican gave me the chance to take that leadership role and run with it. Not only did I get to experience visiting a beautiful country but the trip also got a chance to "dip my feet" into the profession that I will be doing for the rest of my life. I learned that you must take every moment and live it to the fullest. Going to the DR changed not only who I am, but also how I look at my community and my surroundings. I know that I will remember my trip forever"
- Kaitlyn O'Hara, Dominincan participant