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Fall Semester Breaks



Volunteer Emory is proud to announce the following trips that will be taking place in the Fall 2015 semester. Click LEARN MORE to get an in-depth look at each of our opportunities. Applications for our Fall semester opportunities are now CLOSED.

Alternative Fall Break

Immigration Situation: Immigration Policy in Jacksonville, FL
Co-leads: Asha Caslin and Juliana de la Rosa 

The trip will focus primarily on immigration through recent reforms in immigration laws. This trip will focus on meeting and exploring behind the scenes the lives of people and organizations whose aim is to help those who have immigrated to the US for many different reasons in the hopes of a better future. We will tour the Baker County Detention Center and speak personally with detainees there about their experiences. We will also learn about the various services provided by some organizations and how these services affect the lives of immigrants as they try to live a normal life in a foreign country. We will work with these organizations by assisting in their housing set-up, youth services, and employment services. Our goal is to enable participants to better understand what it means to be an immigrant and consequently help them in a more impactful way. LEARN MORE!

Community Development in Light of Urban Renewal in Charleston, SC
Co-leads: Dara Liss and Christine Tien

Charleston boasts the reputation of being a popular tourist destination due to its plentiful beaches, vibrant historical landscape, and southern charm. Despite this, Charleston is also home to recent urban renewal which has both enhanced and hindered its resident population. Among those negatively impacted by these changes are farmers and low-income populations. In recognition of this, our trip will focus on building and benefiting the Charleston community, first by partnering with Project Green Heart to engage in sustainable farming practices with local youth and then by participating in the diverse outreach services at the North Charleston Dream Center. Our time will include a trip to a homeless shelter that provides transitional housing for homeless, and underserved families and individuals. The breadth of our trip will not only expose us to the existent realities of marginalized populations but will also allow us to claim an active role in fostering relationships and building community with the youth and individuals we interact with. Along with service, we will also have the chance to explore the natural beauty and rich cultural landscape of Charleston’s beaches and downtown attractions! LEARN MORE!

Putting a Face to the Statistics: Poverty and Class Disparities in Knoxville, TN
Co-leads: Bharath Shankar and Jun Cai

This trip will focus on immersing oneself in service, specifically dealing with the issue of poverty and class disparity in modern American society. Appalachia is one of the most poverty-stricken areas of the United States with more than thirty percent of Tennessee's population living below the poverty line. Poverty can come in many form ranging from physical manestfacation such as hunger and homelessness to cultural and societal disparities like limited social mobility. Knoxville’s poverty rate is 25 percent, which is significantly higher than both the state of Tennessee and the United States. Knoxville is an ideal location for understanding the state of disparity and poverty in the United States. On this trip our community service will consist of volunteering with a local rescue ministry, serving food in a soup kitchen, and working to provide housing to those in need. The main advocacy organization that we will be working with is the Knox Area Rescue Ministries, which provides basic needs of food, safety, and shelter for those in emergency need with the emphasis on building relationships with those in need as a positive path toward restoration. LEARN MORE!

Health Disparities in the Music Capital (Nashville, TN)
Co-leads: Lucky Khambouneheuang and Beatrice Secheli

Join us in Nashville, Tennessee, where we will spend Fall Break volunteering with United Cerebral Palsy of Middle Tennessee, Project C.U.R.E., Nashville Rescue Mission, and Hands On Nashville. Our volunteer projects include building home ramps for individuals with disabilities, packaging medical supplies, and providing a meal service for individuals living with homelessness. In addition to our volunteer work, we will tour Vanderbilt’s Shade Tree Clinic and experience the music culture of Nashville. LEARN MORE!

Over the Rainbow: LGBT Youth in Atlanta, GA
Co-leads: Anthony Chau and Alex Sweeting

This trip will focus on the LGBT community through two organizations: Pride School Atlanta, an alternative school for students who identify as LGBT or those with LGBT parents, and CHRIS Kids, a community center and homeless shelter for LGBT youth. On this trip we will be working on various outreach programs, HIV/AIDS related education, and even have the opportunity to prepare for and participate in Atlanta’s Pride Parade on October 11th. Our ultimate goal will be not only to offer a much-needed hand to these organizations, but also to learn about the most prevalent and critical issues afflicting the community and reflect on ways to alleviate them. LEARN MORE!


Fall Alternative Weekend Trips

Turning the Tide Toward Wellness: Health Disparities in Birmingham, AL
Co-leads: Naziya Noorani and Claudia Garcia

This trip will allow students to engage with and understand the unfortunate inequities in health in Birmingham in order to more effectively comprehend health, which is currently an issue at the forefront of policies being implemented worldwide, nationally, and even here at Emory. While in Birmingham, we will be partnering with organizations dedicated to providing more access to healthier lifestyles, such as the American Red Cross. We hope that this trip will serve as an eye-opening experience for all those involved! LEARN MORE! 


Beyond the Stereotype: Homeless Awareness in Atlanta
Co-leads: Kevin Ding and Paula Cheng

This trip aims to provide students with a jumpstart to their involvement in serving individuals who experience homelessness in the Atlanta area. Throughout the three-day trip, we will be volunteering at a wide range of homeless shelters and organizations. This will provide students with awareness of both the different types of homelessness that people experience as well as the different approaches organizations take to alleviate homelessness. This will include organizations such as women and children’s shelters, transition homes, and emergency overflow shelters, where we will provide services such as food preparation and distribution, cleaning, intake, or simply just interacting with the clients at the shelters. Our goal is to not only serve those who are experiencing homelessness, but also to empathize and build relationships with the individuals that we serve. LEARN MORE!

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