Alternative Spring Break
Posted October 23, 2017
My name is Chau Dong, and I am the leader of Alternative Spring
Break, an organization committed to providing spring break service
trips that take Aggies to other parts of the country in order to
give them not only a fun spring break trip, but also an experience
serving a community outside of College Station/Bryan.
The reason for my email is that we as an organization are
required to have a staff advisor for each trip we
send out. The role of a staff advisor is to act as a
university official, to take over in the event of a larger scale
emergency that our student trip leaders cannot handle, (Medical
Emergency, Natural Disaster) and to support the student leaders on
our trips should they require it.
The requirements for a staff advisor are the
following: must be an employee of Texas A&M
University (full-time faculty or staff or
graduate/teaching assistant) and be free over the break to
attend a trip. That's it!
The cost of a staff advisor attending a trip is
As such, we would love it if you would pass this along to your
department's TAs, Instructional
Professors, Advisors, Professors, or anyone you may know who
would be free for spring break and excited to travel with
a group of service-minded students. It really is a great
opportunity to give back and we are looking to fill four trip SA
positions on the following trips:
Jefferson SPCA West Bank Animal Shelter,
They are home to almost 700 dogs and cats that have been abused,
abandoned, neglected, or negatively impacted by natural disasters.
The shelter’s backbone is it’s adult and young volunteers that they
have so few of, so we will be assisting the staff, walking the
dogs, cleaning small dog and cat cages, refilling food and water
bowls, playing with the animals, and having fun!!
JohnL. McClellan Veterans Memorial Hospital , Little
They are a hospital that provides medical care specifically to
Veteran patients in addition to other services such as Veteran
Suicide Prevention Program & Hotline. While there, we will be
completing project that the hospital will have ready for us to do.
These projects include but are not limited to beautifying the
hospital and its landscape, keeping hospital and wellness areas
clean, interacting with the veteran patients and tending to their
needs, and being a friendly and helpful face around the
Mid South Food Bank, Memphis
They are one of the largest food banks in Tennessee and their
mission is to change lives by eliminating hunger in the Mid South
Area, one meal at a time. While there, we will be volunteering in
their Warehouse stacking, packaging, and organizing donated food to
be provided to the hungry in the area and having fun while doing
SpecialOlympics Organization , Tulsa
Special Olympics is a volunteer ran organization that provides
year round sports training and athletic events for special needs
kids and young adults to develop physical fitness, show courage,
and embrace joy. We will be working with the organization to help
set up for their Olympic Games in May while interacting with kids
from the surrounding Special Needs youth development centers and
ending the experience by participating in the St. Patrick’s Day Fun
Run, a fun run for the special needs athletes to be themselves, do
what they love, and have fun doing it!
Once again, we'd really appreciate you passing this on, and if
you or anyone happens to be interested (or if you have a student
interested in attending as a normal member), please direct them to
either my email address or
our Staff Advisor Coordinator, Annie Montgomery (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Thank you for your time!
Chau Dong '18
Biomedical & Neuroscience | Texas A&M University
Committee Chair 2017-2018 | SGA's Alternative Spring Break
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