PKG Spring Break
Explore social issues in context • Have fun working together as a group • Connect with local efforts to better their communities
PKG Spring Break: Climate Change, New England
Spend Spring Break exploring the work that local organizations do to address climate change in New England. Hike through the woods to an observatory gathering local meteorological data, travel via boat to visit the Boston Harbor Islands and assess the impacts of erosion and changing sea temperature, and join your peers in a simulation that tackles humanitarian response to climate disaster. Then, share your experience and scientific message with the broader community via a customized communications project. Meet effective local organizations making a difference in our own backyard!
PKG Spring Break: Criminal Justice, Boston
Explore Boston’s criminal justice system from multiple perspectives. Spend the week meeting organizations and individuals involved in the system, including formerly incarcerated individuals and professionals in the field. We’ll walk through the justice process from pre-adjudication through re-entry, and think about ways that our individual skill sets can support efforts to better serve our community members.
PKG Spring Break: Environmental Sustainability and Community Development, Camden, NJ
Spend the week volunteering across a variety of nonprofits in Camden, NJ and see how local organizations use sustainability and environmental stewardship as a means of mobilizing and invigorating community. Learn from local community members and volunteer at a series of urban farms, local soup kitchens, and schools. Your group will also implement a specifically assigned project identified by our partners. Last year students designed and constructed compost bins for a local community garden.
PKG Spring Break matches teams of MIT students with community organizations where students learn firsthand about complex social issues impacting communities and the work that is being done to address those challenges. Teams consist of undergraduate students, and typically include 8-15 people. Student leaders facilitate this experience for their assigned cohort, and utilize the support of staff mentors to create a fun, community-embedded, and thought-provoking experience.
- Meet practitioners engaged in social change work in our communities
- Take a deep dive into the local context surrounding a complex social issue so that you're better prepared to collaborate in the future
- Develop skills and knowledge that you can use for the betterment of humankind
- Reflect with new friends on the nature of service and social realities around us