Ten lucky Colorado State University students will spend their Thanksgiving break working on a Hopi Reservation in Arizona.
Since 1989, the Office for Service-Learning and Volunteer Programs has offered "Alternative Break" trips to give students the opportunity to work hard while learning about other cultures and lifestyles.
Selected students will spend the week of Nov. 21-28 in host homes in the Hopi villages of Bacavi and Kykotsmovi in Arizona to learn about issues surrounding the environment, agriculture, history and tradition of Hopi culture. Participants will work alongside Hopi residents on a variety of projects including the fall corn harvest and hauling coal to families before winter comes.
Students are chosen through an application and interview process. Victoria Keller, director for the Office for Service-Learning and Volunteer Programs, said they are looking for people "who are committed to service-learning and interested in respectfully learning about the American Indian culture." In previous projects, over 140 students have provided assistance to area programs such as Dade County, Fla., for Hurricane Andrew Disaster Relief; support to migrant families in San Juan, Texas; and inner city support for at-risk youth in Chicago, Ill., and Baton Rouge, La.
Fee for the trip is $250 and includes transportation, meals and lodging. Some partial scholarships are available. Independent study credit also is available. Applications are due by Oct. 6 and can be picked up from the Office for Service-Learning and Volunteer Programs in Lory Student Center. For more information, call (970) 491-1682.