Winter Alternative Service Break offers extensive international service trips to during winter break.
Travel Dates: Dec. 27, 2016- Jan. 9, 2017
Applications are open for student participants as well as student leaders, who manage volunteer groups. All applications are submitted through VandalSync.
Applications closed Sunday, Sept. 18.
If you are in need of assistance while a student is on an alternative break trip, use the information below.
Green Empowerment Emergency Contact Info:
If a parent or someone else needs to get in touch with Green Empowerment or one of the participants urgently, the best thing to do would be to call Green Empowerment headquarters in Portland at (503) 284-5774 Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. PST or (503) 504-5627 outside of normal working hours. Our Executive Director or one of the other staff members can reach those of us in the field through our networks of local contacts.
Nicaragua: Caitlyn Peake, email@example.com
Ecuador: Sam Schlesinger, firstname.lastname@example.org
Philippines: Jojo Fajardo, email@example.com
More information about Green Empowerment can be found at: https://www.greenempowerment.org/
University of Idaho Emergency Contact Info:
Go down the list of numbers below until you find help.
|Natalie Magnus||Work: 208-885-2237||Cell: 815-218-4801|
|Shawn O’Neal||Work: 208-885-2220||Cell: 208-596-1314|
|Colton Oliphant||Work: 208-885-7870||Cell: 253-304-2224|
Locations & Service Descriptions
Join Green Empowerment and its local partners in building on the successful implementation of renewable energy technologies in the Esmeraldas province of northern Ecuador.Students will serve the rural cacao-growing communities of Felfa and Las Amazonas. Participants will work side by side with rural farming families, building and installing biogas digesters, passive solar dryers for cacao and/or potable water systems.
Much of the work can be physically demanding in the tropical climate, but the opportunity to help improve quality of life and conserve the fragile ecosystems of Esmeraldas is worth the effort. The group will stay in the community meeting halls in Felfa and Las Amazonas with the very basic accommodations typical in these communities. Typical Esmeraldan meals will be prepared for the group by families in each community, and students have the chance to learn how to prepare several local delicacies themselves.
Come help Green Empowerment and local partner AsoFénix improve community heath and protect the natural environment in the central hills of Nicaragua! After arriving in Managua, the group will travel into the countryside to spend a week and a half working with local families and technicians planting gardens, installing solar technologies, and constructing hygiene and sanitation facilities to improve the health, quality of life, and economic opportunities of residents in the villages of El Bálsamo and El Jazmin. The students will immerse themselves in local culture and bond with communities through shared labor. The physical work can be demanding, but seeing the smiles of the beneficiaries and the new friends you will make at the end is incredibly rewarding. Participants will stay with host families, where they will experience the local cuisine, engage in cultural exchanges, and witness firsthand the incredible impact their work makes.
Travel to the tropical islands of the Philippines with Green Empowerment! With more than 7,600 islands, abundant natural resources, and some of the world's greatest biodiversity, the Philippines is a unique and special place. The group will ring in the new year in the capital city of Manila, spending time getting introduced to the diversity and vibrancy of Filipino culture. Next, participants will take a short flight to the island of Leyte to meet some of GE’s partner communities and lend a hand installing ram pumps, latrines, and hand washing stations. These projects together help to provide families with fresh, clean water and enable proper hygiene. The group will witness firsthand the challenges faced in rebuilding communities destroyed by Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) in 2013, and will support efforts to strengthen the resiliency of these communities in the face of climate change and increasing natural disasters. While the tropical climate can make some of the physical labor feel quite demanding, you will be helping to vastly improve the local quality-of-life while also helping to preserve the fragile balance of this biodiversity gem of the Pacific.