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UMaine Today Magazine

The University of Maine Foundation

Alternative Spring Break in Nicaragua
ASB in Masaya, Nicaragua

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In the past decade, more and more University of Maine students have applied for the opportunity to experience Alternative Spring Break.

What started with 20 students and UMaine community members traveling to South Carolina to spend a week repairing homes of low-income families has grown to a contingent of more than 70 volunteers who this spring will head out to seven locations nationwide and one international destination. UMaine students contribute both time and some of their own money to travel to such states as West Virginia, Ohio, Michigan, Tennessee, New York and Louisiana to build houses for low-income families, mentor at-risk youths, help organize an AIDS walk, participate in an urban peace program, construct hiking trails, get involved in environmental cleanup and assist the

Alternative Spring Break promotes service on local, regional, national and international levels, immersing students in different cultures, heightening social awareness and advocating lifelong social action.

The Alternative Spring Break Endowment Fund was established in the University of Maine Foundation this year. Income from the fund
supports Alternative Spring Break functions and trips.





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