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Applications are now open for six different alternative winter break experiences in January 2019, as one local, one international and four domestic trips will focus on combating poverty, serving meals, teaching English, testing clean water, building homes and various issues of Oswego County.

Planned programs include:

  • Poco a Poco: English Language Learning with Spanish-Speaking Youth (Monte Cristi, Dominican Republic)
  • Agua Limpia: Clean Water Efforts After Hurricane Maria (Puerto Rico)
  • Meals with Meaning: Food Security for those with Serious Illness (Washington, D.C.)
  • Affordable Housing for All: Homeownership and Repairs in an Urban Area (Omaha, Nebraska)
  • Fighting Poverty and Creating Opportunity: Wraparound Services for Community Success (Detroit)
  • Staycation: Exploring Oswego County’s Challenges and Strengths

Applications are due Oct. 5 for these alternative breaks that span Jan. 19 to 27, just before the start of the spring semester.

Interested students can complete an application found on the community services page or by emailing and must attend an information session (dates are listed on the application). 

In addition, faculty and staff are encouraged to apply as alternative break group leaders. Paired with an experienced student group leader, faculty and staff leaders communicate with the service site, transport students and facilitate learning and reflection while serving alongside student volunteers. In return for their service, group leaders pay half price for their trips.

Those interested in group leading or seeking additional information should contact Catherine Farrell at