Refugee Resettlement Alternative Break

Learn about refugee resettlement in the United States and assist new Americans with English-language conversation practice in CCEL's refugee resettlement focused Alternative Spring Break, Navigating Access, Integration, and Citizenship as New Americans.

the issue

For thousands of refugees, asylum seekers, and tutoringadultsimmigrants settling in Ohio each year, the challenges of successful integration and pressures of assimilation create barriers to establishing healthy and thriving lives. Uprooted from their cultures and communities - either by choice or force - new Americans must navigate complicated processes as they add to the economic development and cultural richness of the area. Participants will learn about intentional steps the City of Columbus has taken to become a "welcoming community" by working to remove obstacles that often keep immigrant newcomers – and those who have lived in the city for years – from being successful.

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THE PROJECT

Participants will volunteer at Ethiopian Tewahedo Social Services (ETSS), which provides education, training, support services, and self-development opportunities to immigrant and refugee communities in Columbus, Ohio. Volunteers will primarily practice English-conversation skills with adults either one-on-one or in small groups and potentially conduct mock interviews. Volunteers should be prepared to guide much of the conversation and come up with impromptu language-practice topics and activities. There may also be the opportunity to work with youth in ETSS' after school program.

discover community

Ohio's state capital, Columbus, has experienced a rapid population growth in the past few years, including a significant increase in its new American population that has led to the development of several new immigrant-owned business. Break participants will visit some of these businesses through an Alt Eats Columbus Food Tour, a favorite experience of the trip. Participants will also explore unique Columbus neighborhoods like the Short North and German Village while having the chance statehousebellto sample delicious cuisine from the North Market and Tensuke Market, the premier Japanese market in Ohio. Plus, students will tour Ohio's Statehouse and the stunning Columbus Museum of Art.

pre-trip sessions

In addition to actively participating during spring break, students will also engage in three pre-trip education sessions to learn more about the issue and important trip logistics and will be asked to independently watch a documentary and to read an article. Participants should ensure they are able to make these sessions prior to applying for the program:

  • Friday, February 9, 2018 from 4:45 to 6:45 p.m.
  • Friday, February 16, 2018 from 12:45 to 2 p.m
  • Friday, February 23, 2018 from 4:45 to 6:45 p.m.

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FOOD AND accommodations

The trip will be led by a CCEL staff member and one or two student Site Leader(s). Participants will travel via minivan from Cleveland to Columbus (approximately a 2.5hrs drive each way). They will stay at the Wayfaring Buckeye Hostel, near The Ohio State University's campus. Lodgings on the trip may be mix-gender; participants should be comfortable sharing a large room of beds, including potentially bunk beds, with other CWRU students. The hostel also has three private, gender-neutral bathrooms and two kitchens.

Participants should be comfortable preparing their own breakfasts and hostelbunkslunches – offerings include bagels, oatmeal, fruit, sandwiches, vegetable sticks, and snacks. There will be a stop at a grocery store while on the break for students who wish to purchase their own meals out of pocket. The group will be eating dinner out each evening, and participants should be comfortable eating a diverse palette of food. All meals provided during the Alternative Break will include a vegetarian option, if requested in advance of the trip. However wheat-free, nut-free, low-sugar, vegan, and other restricted dietary options cannot be guaranteed. Food selections outside of the standard menu will be up to the individual participant to purchase and prepare.

Costs

The trip fee is $350, which includes transportation, lodging, entertainment, and most meals. Participants should plan to bring additional money for three meals on their own during the trip as well as any money they would like to bring for souvenirs (total recommended spending money = $60-$100).

Application

To officially become registered for the break, please complete the following steps:

  1. Complete the online application by Friday, December 1, 2017. However, spots will be filled on rolling basis.
  2. If selected, you will be asked to turn in by Friday, December 8, 2017 a non-refundable deposit of $200, which will be applied to the cost of your break. Payments can be made by cash or check (checks made payable to : Case Western Reserve University) and turned into the CCEL office – Tinkham Veale University Center, Suite 165.
    • Your remaining trip balance will be due to CCEL by Friday, January 19, 2018. Note: all payments are non-refundable.
TENTATIVE AGENDA

A tentative agenda for the break is as follows. Please note, this agenda is subject to change:

Monday, March 12, 2018 (8:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.)bookloft

  • Meet in CCEL (Tinkham Veale University Center, Suite 165) at 8:30 a.m. with your luggage
  • Travel to Columbus (approximately 2.5hrs)
  • Lunch and exploring Tensuke Market
  • Tour the Ohio Statehouse
  • Visit the German Village neighborhood, including a stop at The Book Loft and dinner at Harvest Pizzeria
  • Grocery shopping
  • Check into The Wayfaring Buckeye Hostel
  • Reflection

Tuesday, March 13, 2018 (8:15 a.m. to 10 p.m.)

  • Leave hostel at 8:15 a.m. and travel to ETSS
  • English-language conversation practice with adults at ETSS from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (includes lunch & breaks)
  • Tentative in late afternoon: Service with youth in ETSS' after school program or educational speaker
  • Dinner at North Market
  • Explore the Short North neighborhood & enjoy Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams
  • Reflection

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 (8:15 a.m. to 10 p.m.) columbusfood

  • Leave hostel at 8:15 a.m. and travel to ETSS
  • English-language conversation practice with adults at ETSS from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (includes lunch & breaks)
  • Tentative in late afternoon: Service with youth in ETSS' after school program or educational speaker
  • Alt Eats Food Tour
  • Reflection

Thursday, March 15, 2018 (8:15 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.)

  • Leave hostel at 8:15 a.m. and travel to ETSS
  • English-language conversation practice with adults at ETSS from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (includes lunch & breaks)
  • Tentative in late afternoon: Service with youth in ETSS' after school program or educational speaker
  • Explore Columbus Museum of Art & dinner in museum's restaurant, Schokko Art Café
  • Reflection

Friday, March 16, 2018 (8 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.)

  • Load vans / clean hostelnorthmarket
  • Leave hostel at 8:15 a.m. and travel to ETSS
  • English-language conversation practice with adults at ETSS from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (includes lunch & breaks)
  • Shopping at Easton Town Center
  • Dinner & final reflection at Mongolian BBQ
  • Travel to CWRU (approximately 2.5hrs)
  • Students will be dropped off at their on- or off-campus lodging (within reason)

Please contact Adrian Griffin with any additional questions or if you would like to set up a meeting to talk in more detail about the trip.

Accessibility: CCEL is committed to providing all students with opportunities to take full advantage of our programs. Our staff recognizes that students with documented disabilities may require reasonable accommodations in order to achieve this objective. If you are interested in taking part in a specific project but have questions related to accommodations and/or the accessibility of a site, please contact the office of Disability Resources in Educational Services for Students (216.368.5230 or disability@case.edu), and they will work with a representative from our office to answer your questions.