As part of Alternative Spring Break 2011, students, faculty and staff are serving community organizations across the United States and in Ecuador while learning about issues such as the environment, poverty, public health and education. Trips this year include Crawfordville, Florida; Taos, New Mexico; Los Angeles; eastern Tennessee; Boston; Atlanta; and Ecuador.

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Long trip to Ecuador

An update from Matthew, director of Alternative Breaks and a junior majoring in public policy, economics and political science, who is headed for Ecuador:

Hello from Miami! It has been a long day of traveling after driving to Houston from Dallas at 1am, flying to Miami, only to face a five-hour layover, and preparing for the night flight to Quito.

Everyone is equally exhausted and excited about the trip. I personally cannot wait to land and be in Quito and see our living arrangements for the week. Half of our group will be in family homes and the other half will be in an international volunteer house.

We start service in the morning either teaching English or science, working in a daycare center, or doing family social work! All 14 of us are very excited for what tonight and tommorrow will have in store.

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