Spend your Spring Break serving others in the Everglades

Overview

  • Application Open: September 23 - November 17
  • Trip Dates: March 15 - 21
  • Price: $200 - 250
  • Spaces Available: 10
  • Skill Level: Beginner - no experience required
  • What's Included?: Gear, Instruction, Travel, Food

Spring #BreakingWest trips are week-long events of service, reflection, personal growth, and fun! Each trip has a focus on a particular social issue, such as poverty, education, public health, and the environment. Students learn about social issues and perform week-long projects with local non-profit organizations, around these respective issues.

 

The 2019 Experience

Everglades and Biscayne National Parks

Environmental Stewardship

Homestead, FL


Volunteer Programs and West Georgia Outdoors are teaming up to provide you the ultimate service and adventure trip for Spring Break 2020!

This year we will be headed to Homestead, FL to work with the Everglades and Biscayne National Parks! We will split our time between the two sites serving the parks, exploring the areas, learning about each other, and dedicating an entire day to adventure! 

The Everglades National Park is a government-funded park that provides visitors with access to one of the most pristine and fragile ecosystems in our country.  Dedicated to a dual mission of protecting but also allowing access to the American public, the National Park Service strives to maintain the balance of protection and enjoyment of natural places. 

Volunteer projects at the Everglades include trail maintenance, pulling exotic species, beach habitat restoration, to maintaining a historic missile site and facility upkeep.    

Biscayne National Park is an American national park guided by the preservation of Biscayne Bay and its offshore barrier reefs. Biscayne National Park protects four distinct ecosystems: the shoreline mangrove swamp, the shallow waters of Biscayne Bay, the coral limestone keys and the offshore Florida Reef. 

Volunteer projects at Biscayne include cleanups to remove marine debris from shorelines at the sea turtle beaches. 

This trip is designed so we can learn more about our natural world and how to respect it while we play - we will learn about the environment, how to care for it, and how to have fun all while remaining aware and respectful.  

While most mornings will be dedicated to a variety of service projects with the parks, some afternoons and a full day will be spent adventuring - canoeing or kayaking, hiking, and more!

 Apply and Register

Step 1: Apply online on Wolf Connect 

Go to: https://uwg.campuslabs.com/engage/ > Forms > Search Spring Breaking West 2019 Application and submit your application BEFORE November 18, 2019.

Step 2: Selection

Keep an eye on your UWG email to see if your application has been accepted. Selection is based on the substance of written work. 


Step 3: Registration

If selected, follow the instructions to pay your registration fee dispersed throughout several payments leading up to the trip.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What if I don't have any experience?
    What if I don't have any experience?

    This trip is beginner-friendly and is lead by experienced trip leaders. No prior knowledge or experience is necessary.

  • Where Do We Stay?
    Where Do We Stay?

    To reduce costs and create an impactful experience in every aspect, breakers stay in hostels or at local campgrounds in cabins or tents!

  • What’s In It for Me?
    What’s In It for Me?

    The purpose of this experience is to contribute volunteer hours to communities in need. Concluding the trip, breakers are empowered to take educates steps toward valuing and prioritizing their own communities in life choices such as recycling, donating resources, serving through volunteering, and so many more. 


    The adventure component of this trip allows you the opportunity to venture outside of your comfort zone, experience new horizons, and learn the elements of the outdoors.