Alternative Spring Break

Loyola students care, commit, and connect for a week in March through service immersion programs

By Brigid Darragh

Not all Loyola students head for sun and sand during spring break.

Spring Break Outreach (SBO) is a week-long service immersion program that takes place in eight different sites throughout the eastern United States.

About 100 students, faculty, and staff participate each year, meeting in small groups in the months leading up to the trip to learn about the host community and the social justice issues it faces.

During the week of spring break, the teams visit the sites to learn about their culture and history and to perform service in these communities. Participants are involved in formal reflection on their service and analysis of the social justice issues they’ve encountered before, throughout, and following the trip.

This year SBO participants have the opportunity to learn about and serve the following social justice issues and corresponding geographic areas:

  • Environmental and Energy Issues – West Virginia
  • HIV/AIDS – New York, N.Y.
  • Hunger and Homelessness – Washington, D.C.
  • Migrant Farm Labor – Immokalee, Fla.
  • Prison Reform – Baltimore, Md.
  • Appalachian Culture and Economic Issues – Virginia and West Virginia (two sites)
  • Intellectual Disabilities – site to be determined

  • Learn more
    about Spring Break Outreach, view photos of students in action at the various sites, and read past participants’ reflections.

    A Loyola student participating in SBO Appalachia shows off the SBO t-shirt for all sites served.

    A Loyola student participating in SBO Appalachia shows off the SBO t-shirt for all sites served.

    “I learned so much in one week about accepting others, realizing we all have our own special needs and disabilities, as well as talents and abilities, and that we can all live together if we all choose to focus on what is more important in life.” —Kathryn Tafelski, SBO L’Arche Participant ‘12

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