FLORIDA IMMERSION TRIPS
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Florida Immersion Trips engage students in important social issues through service trips, leadership development, education, and reflection. Florida Immersion Trips aim to develop a community of active and engaged leaders who are committed to positive sustainable change.
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Fall 2013 Trips
HIV/AIDS West Palm Beach, FL Oct. 18-20
This trip will give students an immersion experience in the field of HIV/AIDS and how it affects the West Palm Beach area. Over the course of three days, the Comprehensive AIDS Program (CAP) will provide students with education and an opportunity to actively engage in community activities. This experience will train and prepare its participants to conduct HIV prevention and outreach with the dual purposes of encouraging people to get tested and learn about HIV. Students will also participate in thought provoking conversation with a panel of individuals living with HIV/AIDS in Palm Beach County. At the conclusion of the trip each student will receive a certificate of completion from CAP.
Along with a student leader, this trip will be facilitated by Ashley Williams, Specialist for the Weppner Center for Civic Engagement
Affordable Housing/Poverty St. Petersburg, FL Nov. 8-10
This weekend long trip will expose students to the issue of affordable and transitional housing through an intentional and non-profit, Habitat for Humanity, and a local transitional housing facility. Pinellas County, home to St. Petersburg and Clearwater, is a county with large pockets of poverty and underprivileged populations. Habitat for Humanity and numerous other organizations work very hard to provide much needed services to the area. On Friday we will settle in to our new home for the weekend and discuss the issue and what each person expects to gain from the immersion trip. Saturday will be dedicated to learning about Habitat for Humanity and assisting them with a build. Nights will be spent participating in leadership and team-building exercises, reflecting on the day's experiences, and having FUN while getting to know your fellow trip participants.
Along with a student leader, this trip will be facilitated by Katie Burke, Assistant Director of L.E.A.D (Student Involvement & Leadership)
Everglades Conservancy Everglades, FL Nov. 15-17
Writer and historian Wallace Stegner called national parks "the best idea we ever had. Absolutely American, absolutely democratic, they reflect us at our best rather than our worst." We are blessed in South Florida to have one of these "best ideas" in our backyard: The Everglades National Park. This trip will focus on the environmental issues surrounding the park. No issue is in isolation, so we will also explore the social, economic, and political influences on this delicate and vital ecosystem. All this will be done through discussion and hands-on service in the park. We will be getting our hands dirty as we volunteer during the day. There are no "cabins or hotels" in the Everglades so be prepared for camping in tents.
Along with a student leader, this trip will be facilitated by Sarah Canatsey, Assistant Director for Outdoor Adventures (Campus Recreation).
NOTE: There is a MANDATORY meeting on Oct. 8, 2013 for ALL participants. Location and time for the Oct. 8th meeting will be sent to participants once selected. Prior to embarking on the FIT trips, all participants are required to attend a pre-trip orientation about a week prior to their departure date. Trip logistics and schedule will be discussed. Also included will be short leadership and advocacy empowerment sessions to prepare participants for the weekend immersion trip. FIT participants will receive 12 volunteer hours through the Weppner Center for Civic Engagement and Service.
Each trip is $25. Click HERE to apply for a Fall 2013 FIT trip. Applications are DUE Sept. 25 for ALL trips!
Ashley Williams, Weppner Center for Civic Engagement and Service — email@example.com, 561-297-3607
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