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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 always FREE. 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, New Orleans
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 Rock
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 hospital!

Mid South Food BankMemphis
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 it!

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 ( 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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