IMPORTANT: The Native Alaska Plunge is on hold for re-assessment. This trip may go to an every-other-year schedule, beginning Spring 2013.

Description

The Native Alaskan Plunge explores the cultural and social aspects of the Native Americans through various perspectives. As an immersion program, we examine the struggles of specific Native Alaskan communities from a social, economical, and cultural standpoint. This is done through a variety of service learning projects and involvement within the community. 

While in Alaska...

Issues addressed throughout this program include, but are not limited to, education, health care, land rights, substance abuse, family dynamics, and the traditions and customs of the native culture. As a service learning trip, we actively immerse ourselves in the native culture, while also volunteering at local homeless shelters, schools, and other community organizations.

 

Here is a clip of the 2010 plunge

 

Blogs Blogs

Alaska day 7

 Alaska day seven:
It was a long day in juneau. We drove into town and spent the morning at "glory hole" a homeless shelter, s
erving lunch and cleaning the homeless shelter. After eating some of the lunch with the group we had a little bit of free time to see the city. After regrouping we went to hear from members in northern towns about mental health and access to healthcare in rural areas. We rushed after that to explore the Mendenhall glacier and before walking across the frozen lake to the glacier we met with the forest rangers. Its amazing to see how far the glacier has melted in past years! After the beautiful view we finished our long day at the canvas poetry slam. It was so cool and fun to hear from the community members their moving poetry! Great last full day in town!

~alaska group~

Alaska day 6

Alaska day six:

Great day for the group. We woke up early and were able to go to Sealaska office to meet with its board members. Afterwards we were able to watch a large group of native alaskan dancers. Finally we met in a placed called canvas where peoples with disabilities come to practice the arts. We finished our night with delicious alaska salmon! Thanks again for following us and see you soon!

~alaska group~

Alaska day 5

 Alaska day 5:

Got to sleep in today! Extra thirty minutes left everyone refreshed for the conservation hike led by a enviornmentalist worker in Sitka. Several students went and led a discussion for several hours at sitka high school. The rest of the day was spent packing and flying to juneau. It's snowing heavily now heavily now and we are headed to the Shrine of St. Therese for brinner (breakfast at dinner)! Thanks for following us as we tread across alaska!

~alaska group~

Alaska day 4

 Alaska day four:

Yesterday was a good day as we hiked cross trail and then a small group went to pacific high school where they talked to students about college. After grabbing lunch the group reconviened at a confrence room where the operators of the SAFV house for domestic abuse, talked to us about the native alaskan history and its effects on domestic abuse. Afterwards several students went to SEARHC, the native alaskan hospital to tour the site. Several senior nursing students from our group are seriously considering coming back to work at SEARHC! Its very exciting to see things that we learn on this trip affect some of the students!

Alaska day 3

We started today with a wonderful quiet walk to reflect and take in the surroundings. After we were taken on a tour of the town from a local woman who also taught us the various usages of the plants. During this tour we were able to meet a group of men who are carving a totem pole. After our tour we were able to see SNEP which is a group of native Alaskan youth who sing and dance tribal songs. They actually had us all dance in the final song! After they served us the most amazing clam chowder and herring eggs salad, which was new for most of us! We talked and ate with the youth before coming back to our space for dinner. Over grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup a lot of us learned to make friendship bracelets. After dinner five us went to a local boarding school for native Alaskans and talked about college with some students. It was an amazing experience to talk with the students! We ended the day with reflection and prayer, before putting our exhausted bodies to bed.

~Alaska group~

 

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