Service Learning on Spring Break

Each winter semester students spend 15 weeks addressing local and national community-based issues and needs and developing leadership, problem-solving and practical skills related to managing community service projects. The course integrates classroom learning with community service. Students complete numerous local service learning projects and spend one week in an area that has experienced a recent natural disaster.

The experience provides insight into how effective organizational practices can make a substantive contribution to addressing human needs. The experience and skills gained in this course will benefit students who will pursue careers in the nonprofit community service sector.

For information on upcoming the next SPNHA-sponsored alternative spring break, contact Quincy Williams.

For other GVSU sponsored alternative spring break, see Alternative Breaks.


2020: Philadelphia, PA

Group Student Photo, Service Learning on Spring Break 2020

The 2020 Spring Break Service Learning Trip focused on the issues of poverty and homelessness in Philadelphia. Students participated in community cleanup, serving food to those in need and much more!


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2019: Fayetteville, NC

Fayetteville, North Carolina SLAM Event

Hurricane Florence made landfall in North Carolina on the morning of September 14, 2018. Fayetteville, NC suffered from 22 billion dollars worth of damage making the storm the state's greatest natural disaster in history.

Partner:  North Carolina United Methodist Disaster Recovery

2018: San Juan, Puerto Rico

San Juan, Puerto Rico SLAM Event

Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico on September 20, 2017. The storm passed around 25 miles away from San Juan - the nation's capital - causing widespread flooding, destruction to homes, and a complete loss of electricity.

Partner:  St. Bernard Project

2018: Houston, TX

Houston, Texas SLAM Event

Hurricane Harvey was one of the most damaging and costly natural disasters in the United States. 

Partner:  St. Bernard Project

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