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Five-Nights; 6th Grade–College Age
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Alternative Break programs combine interactive learning programs, which bring awareness of the great need in the world, with opportunities to give the gift of your time and hard work. The service activities not only allow participants to give back but also serve as great educational tools - both about the value of giving your service to others and experiencing something for the first time – such as milking a goat or harvesting vegetables.
Alternative Break programs have a primary emphasis on education programs, such as Global Gateway and team-building exercises that explore the issues surrounding hunger and poverty and sustainable solutions. These are not mere lectures. They are experiences that challenge participants to examine their habits and consumption – in fact, their core beliefs – on the path to becoming more responsible global citizens.
The amount and length of activities in service programs vary by program and primarily focus on assisting with daily chores on the ranch. Service activities may include gardening, composting, working with livestock and helping with general farm chores such as barn and fence maintenance. The service that groups provide help maintain the ranch so that it remains an active Heifer International community where visitors can learn more about working to end world hunger and poverty while caring for the earth.
During their time at Heifer Ranch, participants should be prepared for up to two miles of walking on a full day's program.
ALTERNATIVE BREAK: Spring and Fall
February-May and September-October; 6th Grade-College Age
Our spring and fall programs combine Global Gateway and team-building exercises with service projects. The program is approximately 1/2 educational and 1/2 service-oriented. If another group of similar age range books the same week as your group, the groups will participate in the Global Gateway program together. You may also work together during service projects. Depending on group sizes, groups may share lodging as well.
Per Person Tuition Fees: $275 per person (open air bunk barn) or $350 per person (Climate-controlled lodge)
June-August, 6th-12th Grades
Our summer program combines Global Gateway, team-building exercises and sign-up activities which include service projects. The program is approximately 2/3 educational and 1/3 service oriented. It offers the highest level of interaction with other groups on the ranch. All participants will experience the Global Gateway and end of week celebration activities together. Sign-up activities are offered to all the groups so that participants will interact during these sessions. Depending on group sizes, groups may be sharing lodging as well.
Per Person Tuition Fees: $350 per person (Climate-controlled lodge)
ALTERNATIVE BREAK PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS
Minimum Age: 6th Grade
Minimum Group Size: 10 participants including adults. Can't meet the minimum group size? Check out dates for small groups/individuals.
Adult to Youth Ratio: 1:5
Arrival and Departure: Program begins at 7 pm Sunday and continues until 11 am Friday.
Tuition Fees Include: Lodging, programming and meals.