As Ecclesiastes 3 says, “To everything there is a season.” It’s a season of changes for Simpson’s campus, and RLC is doing our part to keep advancing as well. One way that RLC is changing is through a different approach to our Alternative Spring Break trips. Historically, our Chapel Intern of Mission has prepared and planned five spring break trips that are offered to the student body. Each trip is focused on some type of service varying from Habitat for Humanity projects to learning about inner city poverty.
This year, however, new things are happening. Striving to make our organization even more student led, we’re handing over the alternative spring break trip planning to the students themselves. Any student who wishes to propose a service trip may do just that by filling out a proposal application. This application consists of trip location, types of service, as well as a few other details. A committee will review the proposals and the RLC spring break trips will be announced the following week. Proposals are due this month on October 19 (right before fall break), and the trips will be announced on October 26 at Quench.
Forming the spring break trips this way is a huge change for RLC, but something that will make a huge impact, not only in our programming but on campus as well. Allowing students to plan their own trips is making room for much more personal investment in each individual’s spring break experience. Every student participating in the trips will not only have a voice in the coordination of the service but they will also partake in fundraising for their trip. They will have more time to form a community with the other students going on the same trip which will allow time for more growth during the actual week of spring break.
Though spring break is still in the somewhat distant future, it is time to begin thinking about how we’re spending our breaks. Coming up very soon is Fall Break (Octover 20 – October 23). RLC is currently sponsoring three (yep, that’s right, three!) alternative fall break trips. On the evening of Wednesday, October 19, we’ll be sending vans of students to Kansas City for an Urban Plunge experience, Sioux City for flood relief, and Des Moines to learn about justice in the city. If you’re interested in signing up for one of the trips, contact RLC, or Jorie Landers directly ( firstname.lastname@example.org ).
We’re excited about these changes that are happening within RLC and hopefully you are too! So it’s time to start brainstorming: Where do you want to spend your Spring Break?? Let me know if you have any further questions about this new approach to the Alternative Spring Break trips.
Peace and Love,
RLC Intern of Justice and Mission