The UNM Dean of Students Office hosts the 3rd Annual Alternative Spring Break (ASB) trip to New Orleans March 10 – 17 to assist the St. Bernard Project with re-building houses for Hurricane Katrina survivors.

Student volunteers will gain skills in home building, teamwork and leadership, and learn firsthand the lasting effects of a natural disaster. The trip includes discussions on civic responsibility, community engagement, poverty and the process of re-building a community literally and figuratively. 

Although the focus of the trip is home building, students will have the opportunity to see and experience the culture of historic New Orleans, dine on local fare and shop.

The St. Bernard Project is a non-profit community based organization that helps Katrina victims return to their homes. Since being established in 2006, it has created three programs to carry out its mission: the Rebuilding Program, Center for Wellness, and Mental Health and Opportunity Housing Program. The Project relies mainly on volunteer work to rebuild about 50 to 60 houses at any given time. For more information visit St. Bernard Project

Cost to participate is $530 per person. The fee covers the cost of air and ground transportation, food and lodging. Applications are due October 31, 2012 by 5 p.m.

For more information, go to DOS or call the office at 505-277-3361.