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2011 Participants (L to R): Dominique Fallings; Matthew Bland; Candace Williams; Willetta Reed; Joshua Davis; Matika Holmes; Abigail Pope; Iesha Little; Shacanah St. Bernard; Char'dae Hill; Jenay Arnold; Saran Keita
Located on the Caribbean Island of Puerto Rico in the Greater Antilles group, the El Yunque National Forest is the sole tropical rain forest in the U.S. National Forest System. Its year-round tropical climate and immense biodiversity make El Yunque significantly different from all the other U.S. National Forests. The rain forest is noted for its biodiversity, and is home to thousands of native plants including 150 fern species, 240 tree species (88 of these are endemic or rare and 23 are exclusively found in this forest). The El Yunque National Forest has no large wildlife or poisonous species, but hundreds of smaller animals abound in this gentle forest, many of which exist nowhere else on the planet! In fact, the El Yunque Rainforest has been nominated to become one the next Seven Wonders of the World!
Clayton State University students will offer their volunteer services to help El Yunque welcome and educate visitors and maintain its natural beauty! Projects include general maintenance activities in the recreation areas and trails at El Yunque National Forest such as debris removal, maintenance and cleaning of all shelter, and developing trenches for rain runoff, and smoothing the trails and pathways for visitor safety.
While in the rainforest, students will discover the Coqui frog, a native of Puerto Rico, as well as several varieties of snails, non-venomous snakes and lizards while developing the pathways of the rainforest.
Students will also have the opportunity to learn the rich heritage and culture of Latin traditions and history, including visiting San Juan, the Old Battle Fort, the beach, and exploring the cultural foods and delicacies of Puerto Rico!
To view additional pictures from Alternative Spring Break 2011 Puerto Rico, click here!
This year, Campus Life will be sponsoring its 1st International Alternative Spring Break Program. Eight (8) Clayton State Students will have the opportunity to contribute their skills to the rural Jamaican community of Petersfield. Working closely with the site director, students will have the opportunity to serve in a variety of areas including tutoring local children and light construction or maintenance to community buildings.
Through the Amizade (ah-mee-zha-jee) Global Service Learning and Volunteer Programs organization, students will meet with and learn from Amizade’s community partner since 2003, the Association of Clubs (AOC). The AOC has been recognized by the Jamaican Government for its excellence in locally-driven rural community development. Each year, the AOC works with community members to identify community development and youth empowerment projects for Amizade volunteers. Sometimes these efforts include helping with building projects, developing parks, or working with local children. Whatever your service, you’ll provide much-needed support to the AOC and the families it serves, and you’ll have a great time with a wonderful group of people. You’ll stay with local families who are part of the AOC network, where you’ll experience a warm introduction to Jamaican life and insightful commentary on local experiences.
Founded in 1994, Amizade has connected groups and communities around the world in 9 different countries. http://amizade.org/. Amizade's mission and values for service learning programs include community driven service; deliberate learning; intercultural immersion and exchange; consideration of global citizenship; and reflective inquiry.
To view additional pictures from Alternative Spring Break 2011 Jamaica, click here!
For more information about the Alternative Spring Break program, please contact Ms. LaShanda Hardin at LaShandaHardin@clayton.edu or by calling (678) 466-5433.