VISION Spring Break Experiences

 See Apply! for details on the application for trips as well as scholarships for Spring Break 2023. 

Arches/Canyonland National Park

Dates: March 19 – March 27        

Location: Near Moab, Utah 

Cost: $700 

Canyonlands is an American national park located in southeastern Utah. The Park preserves a colorful landscape eroded into numerous canyons, mesas, and buttes by the Colorado and the Green River and their respective tributaries. 

Author Edward Abbey described the park as “the most weird, wonderful, magical place on earth – there is nothing like it anywhere.” 

  • Focus Area: Land Conservation and the National Parks 
  • Food and Lodging: The team will camp in the group camping area of Canyonlands. Meals will be prepared by the team 
  • Engagement Opportunities: Each day there will be service projects including trail maintenance, invasive species removal, and repair project on park infrastructure  

National Park Staff will engage the team with talks on Land Conservation, Habitat Restoration, and Natural History. 

 

For more information: 

https://utah.com/canyonlands-travel-guide

https://rootsrated.com/stories/insider-s-guide-to-canyonlands-national-park

 

Arches National Park - Arches/Canyonland National Park

La Puente Home

Dates: March 2023

       

Location: Alamosa, Colorado 

Cost: tbd

La Puente is a community’s response to the effects of poverty by providing a safety net of services, where individuals and families get what they need to stabilize, heal, strengthen, and ultimately thrive. 

La Puente is a leading human service provider in Southern Colorado.  Annually over 16,000 individuals and family members receive at least one of their services, including emergency shelter, nutritious food from one of our 15 pantries, housing with support services, after-school youth-stabilization services, (educational gardens), homeless prevention resources, soup kitchen meals, home outreach visits, and more. 

  • Focus Area: Rural Poverty, Food Insecurity, Education 
  • Food and Lodging: The team will stay in a partnering church which will provide the team with a living area, showers, and a kitchen 
  • Engagement Opportunities: Each day there will be a chance to learn about and participate in one of la Puente’s many outreach areas: painting and light construction, preparing and serving meals in the shelter, organizing clothing and food donations, etc.  

La Puente staff will engage the team with conversations about rural poverty, immigration, and emergency services in San Luis Valley. 

 

For more information: 

http://lapuentehome.org/work-groups/

https://issuu.com/lapuente/docs/servicebook_nocolor

 

Group of VISION students in the sand dunes of Colorado. - La Puente Home

Selma Center for Non-Violence, Truth, and Reconciliation

Dates: March 2023

Location: Selma, Alabama  

Cost: tbd 

SCNVTR’s mission is to promote love and institutionalize racial and economic justice through community partnerships, organizing, conflict reconciliation, and individual and structural change. 

The Center helps build community across race, class, religion, and other divides using practices of popular education, community training, and community organizing. 

  • Focus Area: The History of Civil Rights Movement, Kingian Nonviolence  
  • Food and Lodging: The team will stay in a partnering church which will provide the team with a living area, showers, and a kitchen 
  • Engagement Opportunities: Each day there will be a chance to experience the history of Civil Rights with tours of significant locations, listen to oral history, and participate in a variety of community projects  

The Center Staff will lead the team through Racial Equity and Kingian non-violence training. 

 

For more information: 

https://www.selmacenterfornonviolence.org/racial-equity-2030

Presidents Obama and Bush walking across the Edmund Pettus Bridge with a crowd of people. - Selma Center for Non-Violence, Truth, and Reconciliation