Alternative Winter Break

This trip will to Kissimmee, Florida to volunteer at Give Kids the World, an organization that provides vacations to children with life-threatening illness and their families.  Potential volunteer opportunities include assisting with food services, games and activities, and hospitality.  

Dates: January 7th – 15th, 2017

Cost: $760. This is all inclusive—ground travel, lodging, meals, and excursion activities. Food while traveling, souvenirs, and optional activities are not included. 

Travel Grants are available and require a supplemental application found in the student volunteer application packet. We also recommend several fundraising ideas and provide a fundraising letter which you can use when requesting donations for your trip. Download the AWB Fundraising Letter

Group Size: 10 student spaces are available (including two student trip leaders). Spots will be awarded based on a review of this application. However, if you are not accepted onto the trip, you will be put onto a waiting list. If someone drops his or her spot on the trip, you may be pulled from the waitlist.

Transportation: All transportation will be included in the cost of the trip. We will be flying from Los Angeles to Orlando. 

Informational Meetings: September 26thth and 27th at 6:00 PM in the Chapel Lounge.

Apply By: October 6th by 5:00pm. 

How to Apply

  1. Download and complete the Student Volunteer application. (Application will be live  September 1st)
  2. Submit application and deposit to Madeline Liberti at Community Service Center by October 6th at 5:00 PM. Applications will not be accepted electronically. Travel Grant and Student Trip Leader applications are now part of the general student application and are due at the same time.
  3. Students will be notified by Cal Lutheran email about spot placement and grant qualification by October 11th.

Download the Application

Frequently Asked Questions

What will we do during the day?

This trip included various service projects including assisting with food services, facilitating games and activities for the families as well as hospitality. 

What will we do during the evenings?

We asked participants to participate in group time on a nightly basis (approx. 1 hour). Some nights were games or fun activities, others more reflective or educational.

Where will we stay and eat?

We will be staying at a house in the Kissimmee Area. All meals will be prepared at the house. 

What is included in the cost?

Trip cost includes all ground transportation, housing, three meals a day once we reach our site, on-site service coordination, and tools/ safety equipment for all projects.  When you apply, we will be asking for you to pay the first $100 as a deposit on the trip.

You will be required to cover your own personal or "Pocket" expenses that are not already covered at the site. This could be meals away from the host site or while traveling, forgotten items, or anything "extra".

What if I cannot afford this trip, but want to attend?

Nicole has several resources and ideas about how to fundraise (also see FAQs). We also have a Fundraising Letter prepared for you to supplement any fundraising campaign you may do; just open, print and include in your packet.

You may also apply for a travel grant or student trip leader position which includes compensation applied toward the trip cost.

More Information

You may also contact Madeline Liberti at with questions.