For the past five years, UNM has offered an “alternative spring break” where students get the opportunity to travel to New Orleans, Louisiana to give back to the greater community.

While in New Orleans, students work alongside Camp Restore, an organization that helps rebuild houses for those affected by Hurricane Katrina. UNM hopes that during this trip students will learn home-building, teamwork, and leadership skills. Students who attend will also have the opportunity to visit historical sites, learn about the culture, and eat great food.

This trip requires student’s financial commitment to three payments of $200. The first payment must be made at the time the student drops off their application, the second payment occurs Wednesday, Feb. 17, and the third payment occurs Wednesday, Mar. 9.

The deadline to apply for UNM’s Alternative Spring Break is Friday, Jan. 29 at 5 p.m. The applications must be submitted to the Dean of Students Office.

Minimum eligibility requirements and conditions for participation include:

  • You certify that the information you provide throughout the application process is accurate and complete.
  • Your completed application, including deposit, short answer essay, and proof of medical insurance, is submitted by the deadline.
  • You are in good academic standing and have no pending disciplinary case or record and understand that any past record or current disciplinary case may prohibit participation in the Alternative Spring Break program.
  • In order to be eligible, applicants must be currently enrolled students (Undergrad or Graduate Students) for the 2015-2016 Academic Year with a Cumulative GPA of 2.5.
  • Pay all deposits and final payments by the stated deadlines. All payments are non-refundable and must be paid by Money Order, Cashier’s Check or Cash. Your payment will cover the cost of air fare, meals, and lodging. Ground transportation in New Orleans to and from the work site, as well as the airport, will be provided.

To download the application or to learn more about the program, visit the Alternative Spring Break webpage.