Alternative Break takes CofC students to Greece in May

If you’re like most students at the College, you probably haven’t thought about mid-terms yet, let alone what you’re doing for summer vacation. If you are looking for an alternative to your summer job/internship/lifeguarding at your local [insert body of water here], look no further. The College is offering up an Alternative Break Program to Greece from May 14 to June 4.

Jenna Barbarulo, a senior at the College, is one student leading the Alternative Break trip to Greece. Students will spend most of their time on the Greek island of Zakynthos but will also get the chance to travel to Santorini and Athens. According to Barbarulo, this trip’s focus is on service work and the exploration of sustainable tourism. As a result of increased tourism to the Greek Isles, traditional Greek industries have seen profits while the countryside and native animals are in decline.

Students participating in the trip will have the chance to work with Earth, Sea & Sky, a non-government organization part of the Ionian Nature Conservation, to research the effects of tourism in Greece, and monitor the nesting of the Loggerhead Sea Turtle and Mediterranean Monk Seal. Barbarulo said that she was most looking forward to the sea animals, “One of our jobs will be protecting the nests of the Loggerhead Sea Turtle.”

Like all of the College’s Alternative Break trips, this one requires an application. For this Maymester trip, applications are due by noon on Feb. 8. An applicant will be notified if they receive an interview for the program, and about seven students will end up going on the trip.

For students who need financial assistance, applications for scholarships will be available at the first participant meeting after the students going to Greece have been selected.

Still not convinced you need to go? Barbarulo wants you to know that this trip is for “students to be able to learn about a different culture and be able to take those lessons back to Charleston with them. And of course, we want students to have fun!” What better fun than helping Greek turtles?

The deadline to apply for this program is is Feb. 8.


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Leah is a managing editor of CisternYard News. She is a senior, majoring in Communication.

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