Students helped serve lunches and engaged in local initiatives to promote native garden habitats and beatification to stimulate the community.
For the fourth year, Oregon Tech students set off on a service-based Alternative Spring Break (ASB) trip to San Francisco, helping serve lunches and engaging in local initiatives to promote native garden habitats and beatification to stimulate the community.
The trip is part of the University’s Campus Life Volunteer Owls (V-Owls) program, which organizes service-based trips for students each year during Spring Break and monthly service projects in the Klamath Basin. Projects this year included serving at The Exploratorium, a local rescue mission, assisting with clean-up projects, and working with the Golden Gate National Park on beautification projects.
“I’m so lucky to advise this group of students,” said Josie Hudspeth, Student Engagement & Leadership Coordinator for Oregon Tech’s Campus Life. “They jumped into the projects with energy and open minds. We were able to see the city and get in touch with different organizations and the neighborhoods they serve. Service-related travel can help students create connections and broaden their world views to other lifestyles, cultures, and communities. Campus Life plans to keep the Alternative Break Trips in the schedule at a minimal cost to students in hopes that more students will take advantage of this fun and enlightening experience.”
After volunteer hours, students were able to participate in a more traditional spring break by exploring some of the sightseeing areas in the San Francisco Bay. The group was able to explore Alcatraz Island and The Exploratorium, had dinner in Union square and Chinatown, and visited the Fisherman’s Wharf.