Executive Board and Site Leader Applications are Open!

The applications for the executive board and site leading positions are now open! They close March 29th.

Executive Board: The leadership positions within the AWOL program require a serious year-long commitment including training, weekly meetings, participant development sessions, public relations, fundraising events and frequent reporting for funding sources. Meetings and training are mandatory; a relatively open schedule is needed for scheduling purposes.


Site leader: An AWOL Site Leader is an undergraduate student that is responsible for planning and implementing an AWOL trip and facilitating training for selected participants in collaboration with the AWOL Board and the CAGE. Site Leaders are required to attend weekly site-leader training sessions during the fall semester where they will plan and complete projects to implement their AWOL trips in addition to learning about social issues, active citizenship, and service.

Pancake Feed March 23rd!

Join us for our Spring Pancake Feed on March 23rd from 5-7pm at the Vermillion Armory. You can purchase tickets from Spring Break participants, through tabling in the MUC, or at the door! Tickets are $5, and all proceeds go to support our service-learning trips!

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Alternative Weekend to Brookings, SD!

AWOL spent February 4-5, 2017 in Brookings, SD! 10 students spent Saturday working with ReStore, an organization with Habitat for Humanity.
Habitat for Humanity ReStores are nonprofit home improvement stores and donation centers that sell new and gently used furniture, appliances, home accessories, building materials and more to the public at a fraction of the retail price. At ReStore, participants learned about the organization, helped with inventory, cleaned, and moved products. These efforts are the backbone of support for such programs. In the evening, the students explored SDSU and went bowling. On Sunday, participants spent the afternoon at a local nursing home where they were able to visit with residents.

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President’s Day Service Opportunity!!

We will be hosting a Day of Service on Presidents’ Day, February 20, 2017!

Service for the day will be in Vermillion and Yankton and will begin in the afternoon (12-1:00pm) and will run until the late-afternoon (4-5pm), depending on your assigned site. A finalized schedule will be sent out after you register and closer to the event.

SIGN UP at https://www.psychdata.com/s.asp?SID=175727

Let us know if you have any questions!

MEDLIFE and Appalachia Trip

There are 2 great opportunities to join a service-learning trip this summer!

The application is now open for the AWOL summer break trip to Appalachia region focusing on community development and conservation and the MedLife mobile clinic trip to Ecuador! Applications close January 13, 2017.

The AWOL summer break Appalachia trip itinerary is still being developed at this time. The week-long trip will be during the month of May. The cost is $270 (AWOL fee + trip fee).

The MedLife trip to Esmeraldas, Ecuador will be May 6-13, 2017. The cost will be approximately $2000 (AWOL fee + MedLife trip fee). Housing, food, insurance, and transportation are included but additional costs are applicable to this trip (required travel physical, passport, and souvenirs or free day excursion money).

Application Link:

If you have questions please contact engage@usd.edu or awol@usd.edu

Giving Tuesday

Please consider donating to our AWOL program through Razoo today! All donations go directly to our general fund. Fundraising makes a huge difference in our trip cost and can determine how many trips we can send each year! Please support our service learning trips that encourage students to become active citizens in their communities. Click here to donate!

November Alternative Weekend

This month AWOL participants worked with SESDAC in Vermillion and Life Scape in Sioux Falls on an Alternative Weekend trip. These organizations work specifically with individuals that have disabilities and their families. The participants had the opportunity to assist these organizations by raking leaves and cleaning out gutters. They enjoyed working with a diverse volunteer group and meeting residents at each organization.


Alternative Weekend to Okoboji

            On Friday October 15th, 14 students from USD attended an AWOL Alternative Weekend trip to Okoboji, Iowa. USD students were able to partake in volunteer work at a Humane Society and Camp Okoboji. The participants were able to experience a wide range of volunteer work from these two places. The volunteer work that took place at the camp consisted of stacking wood, cleaning tables and chairs, picking up shingles, cleaning ceiling fans, sweeping floors, moving tables, and picking up branches. From the Humane Society, USD students walked dogs, cleaned out dog kennels and cat cages, swept and mopped, and put together cat homes. Participants stayed at Camp Okoboji in a cabin and were provided with home cooked meals for lunch, breakfast, and supper.
            Site Leader Gina Soukup shares, “Our experience in Okoboji was incredible! The coordinators from the Humane Society and Camp Okoboji were both grateful that we were able to come and help them out. They were appreciative of our help and asked for us to come back and thanked us many times. Overall, the weekend went great for the USD students.”
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