Welcome to Brock Cares Alternative Reading Week

Student Life & Community Experience

Welcome to Brock Cares Alternative Reading Week

This initiative gives students the opportunity to get involved in hands-on service learning projects during both the October and February Reading Weeks.  There are a variety of projects offered that allow you to participate locally during both weeks, or to do some travelling during the February break to serve communities abroad! 

Each experience is designed to offer you the opportunity to meet new people, build relationships, and stretch yourself in new directions as you learn about the issues facing the community you are serving in.  This will happen both with fellow teammates, with the organizations we partner with, and by learning from the local people in the community.  You will also have the opportunity to experience the culture of the area, delve into the social issues at hand, and develop new skills as you serve and participate in group discussion throughout the week to help you understand all that you are learning and seeing. 

It is our hope that you return with a sparked interest in being an active citizen and a greater understanding of the social issues that impact communities.  We also hope you identify how this experience ties into your academics here at Brock, or plays into your future plans while meeting some great new friends along the way!

The 2015 February Alternative Reading Week will take place from Saturday, February 14 - Sunday, February 22 and will involved the following opportunities:

  • Niagara: Those remaining in the local area during Reading Week will have the chance to volunteer at organizations across the Niagara Region (dates will be limited to week days, watch for applications coming in early February 2015).
  • A variety of international trip!

Applications for the trips are now open to the Brock community and accepted on an on-going basis until the trips are full, or until noon on Friday, October 31, 2014 at the latest. 



 (once logged in, click "EVENTS" and search Alternative Reading Week)



Click here for a brief video of the South Carolina trip from February 2013!

Here is a small snapshot of what past Brock student have to say about their experience:

It's amazing what a small contribution can do to help a lot of people in a big way."    

- JC Bitonti, St. Catharines participant


"The Alternative Spring Break trip to South Carolina couldn't have been a better reading week experience. I've done the resort vacations and now, after volunteering with Brock down south, I don't think I would ever go back to a resort! You just get SO much more out of a trip like this, the people you are with are amazing, you get to work with locals and truly make a difference in a community that needs it."   

- Southern US participant


"I really enjoyed my trip to the Dominican.As a first year student living in residence I was unsure of how I would impact my residence community. I was very involved at my high school and wanted that to continue as I moved into University. Going to the Dominican gave me the chance to take that leadership role and run with it. Not only did I get to experience visiting a beautiful country but the trip also got a chance to "dip my feet" into the profession that I will be doing for the rest of my life. I learned that you must take every moment and live it to the fullest. Going to the DR changed not only who I am, but also how I look at my community and my surroundings. I know that I will remember my trip forever"  

- Kaitlyn O'Hara, Dominincan participant



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