The Center for Life Beyond Reed, Division of Student Services

Alternative Fall and Spring Break

SEEDS often sponsors a longer trip during spring or fall break, to let students get more in-depth experiences in their leisure time. In the past, students have volunteered on a central Oregon Native American Reservation and with various non-profits in New Orleans.

Interested in planning and coordinating a trip? Contact us!

SEEDS Alternative Spring Break 2014: San Francisco

We are now accepting applications for this year's ASB trip through Wednesday, February 19th!  Click here to download one.

Volunteers on this trip will work with GLIDE church, which describes itself as “A radically inclusive, just and loving community mobilized to alleviate suffering and break the cycles of poverty and marginalization.” We will explore poverty-related issues of hunger and homelessness. In addition to GLIDE, we will work alongside other area non-profit agencies TBD. This trip will combine service, learning, and fun. The trip will include at 3-4 pre-trip meetings, at least 5 days of service, and at least one tour, outing and/or cultural event in San Francisco. Like all SEEDS projects, this trip is focused on service, community, fun, learning and reflection and is a substance-free trip, meaning no alcohol or other non-prescribed drugs.                                                                                                                                      

Cost: $335, which includes room and board, and van transportation to and around the coast.

Financial assistance
Financial assistance is available to students who receive financial aid.  Additionally, the group will work together on fundraising to make the trip affordable for everyone, so the estimated cost may be significantly lower depending on funds raised.

Past Trips

2013: During this alternative spring break, volunteers worked with Food Roots NW, an organization that works as a catalyst and advocate for change in our food system. They volunteered with farms and participated in education programs about sustainable food systems.

2012: This spring break, Reedies again returned to New Orleans to work for a week on a Habitat house and volunteer with Green Light New Orleans, an organization dedicated to replacing inefficient condescent lightbulbs around the city with far more efficient newer models.

2011: In March of 2011, a group of Reedies worked for four days on a new Habitat house, helping to build a foundation, floor, and exterior walls.  Read an account of the trip here and see pictures here.

2006: In October of 2006, SEEDS coordinated a service trip with a group 12 Reedies who gutted houses, cooked, cleaned, delivered food and generally worked extremely hard for one week on Katrina recovery in the New Orleans Gulf Region with the Common Ground Collective. To learn more, you can see photos from the SEEDS NOLA service trip or download journal entry reflections written on the trip home by participants.