Students head out on Alternative Break trips
Cornell students are gearing up to travel across the country for an intensive week of volunteer work with organizations that focus on issues they are passionate about.
This year groups will travel to Tennessee, Ohio, and Michigan. Each team has a group of participants, two student leaders organizing the trip, and a faculty or staff advisor. Many students have spent the year planning their trips, fundraising, and educating themselves about the issues relevant to their service site.
“One of the things I love about service of any sort is that one always grows as a person if it is done correctly,” said David DeMoss ’19, who is leading the trip to Cincinnati, Ohio. “Service is something that is too often heralded as something that people do as an extra way of giving back to the community and world; but for me, I firmly believe that service and healthy, respectful advocacy should be a continuous never-ending essential part of any human’s life. It shouldn’t be heralded, it should be normalized.”
Where are they going?
Eleven students will take off for Hohenwald, Tennessee, to work with The Elephant Sanctuary on animal welfare issues. They’ll work to improve structures for the safety of the animals.