Miami students focus on volunteer ventures during spring break

Miami University students will spend their spring break participating in various programs to serve, learn and explore at home and abroad.

The following is a sample of programs and activities students will participate in during the week of March 19-25.

government-relations-networkBOOM: Break Out of Miami

Last spring: Miami students in Washington, D.C. (above) and serving orphaned youth in the Dominican Republic (below).

The student organization Break Out of Miami, otherwise known as BOOM, will travel to Savannah, Georgia, to volunteer in community projects.

CRU in Panama City Beach and Montenegro

CRU, a Christian student organization on campus, travels to Montenegro for its fourth spring break service trip.

Members of the organization also have the opportunity to travel to Panama City Beach for “Big Break,” a conference designed to educate and help students share their faith.

Government Relations Network

Students will travel to both Columbus and Washington, D.C., with the Miami University Government Relations Network to participate in a conference that will give them experience in the world of government legislation.

They will get to discuss important issues like research, higher education in Ohio, budgetary matters and their Miami experiences with legislators and staff.

JOY to the Dominican Republic

The Justification of Youth (JOY) will travel to Santo Domingo to serve at-risk and orphaned youth for one week this spring break. Students will work in care centers and schools.

joy-domincanLocal involvement

Alternative Breaks are unique, student-led, multiday immersion experiences focused on the important community challenges. The program aims to engage participants in community service, educational opportunities, daily reflections, leadership development and topical discussions.

Students have the opportunity to travel to Columbus, Ohio, for a six-day trip to discuss the reality of food insecurity. Participants will volunteer in service through local partnerships and community building.

Students also have a three-day opportunity in Oxford and Butler County to explore how poverty and homelessness affects fellow community members. Participants will engage in a Cost of Poverty Experience and volunteer with organizations that address poverty and/or homelessness.  

These programs are sponsored by the office of community engagement and service and international student and scholar services.

Opt-outside: Adventures in nature

The Outdoor Pursuit Center will lead two trips this spring break.

Students have the opportunity to backpack 50 miles of the iconic Appalachian Trail in Northern Georgia and North Carolina. This nine-day trip will begin with an introduction to basic backpacking techniques.

Students can also experience a seven-day sailing adventure in the Bahamas where they will take part in sailing the boat, preparing meals and other activities.