The CSC offers students alternative break experiences for those wanting to more fully immerse themselves in communities across the nation and abroad. Groups spend a week or longer living in the places where they are serving while learning about the local culture, history, and traditions.
Winter Break 2009
Rosemont students travelled with students from another university to the United States Gulf Coast, still recovering from the effects of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. They spent one week in Bayou la Batre, Alabama, a tiny fishing village on the gulf, cleaning yards, laying sidewalks, and even installing plumbing! The second week was spent in New Orleans, Louisiana where they worked with a local nonprofit helping residents to rebuild their homes that were destroyed in the storms. Throughout, they visited local cultural attractions, learned about the history of each community, and at some delicious southern cuisine!
Spring Break 2010
Twenty-two Rosemont students and staff journeyed to McCarr, Kentucky, in the middle of the Appalachian Mountains for their spring break. There, they worked with the Phelps Area Habitat for Humanity helping to install trim and paint in a house near completion and also clearing a lot for a house just beginning! Throughout the week the students learned about local Appalachian culture, heard local bluegrass music, and took an educational tour to learn about the environmental devastation caused by coal mines in the region.
For the 2010-2011 school year, we will be travelling to New Orleans, Louisiania for the winter break trip. We will travel to McCarr, Kentucky for the spring break trip.