Alternative Breaks are 7-9 day service-based immersions into different cultural, environmental, and socioeconomic communities throughout the United States. Teams take part in service projects that address unmet community needs, gain awareness of critical social issues, enhance their individual growth, and prepare for lives of active citizenship. All alternative break trips are drug and alcohol free.

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2014-2015 Trip Descriptions

Urban Education (December 2014)
Leaders: Lauren & Christine
christine & lauren

What does it take for a young person to thrive? The urban education trip to Chicago, IL will explore the intersections of poverty, hunger, education, and safety through service and learning at the Peace Corner Youth Center, World Vision, and the Greater Chicago Food Depository. Participants can expect to spend time directly with youth facilitating recreational activities and assisting with homework, sorting and packaging food and school supplies, and talking with community leaders about supporting the 3rd largest school district in the country.

Pediatric Healthcare (January 2015)
Leaders: Sam & Kenny
sam & kenny

Every child matters and every child deserves a healthy and safe life. The pediatric healthcare trip to Memphis, TN will partner with Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital to provide direct support to patients and their families. From arts and crafts, to baby hugging, to dance parties, participants will learn what it takes to provide high quality healthcare for children experiencing  everything from little bumps to  life-altering illness.

International Clean Water & Sanitation (January 2015)
Leaders: Will & Ryan
ryan & will

Water is essential to life, yet more than 2.5 billion people world-wide are affected by the water crisis and poor sanitation. Together with Wine to Water and Filter Pure, participants on the international trip to the Dominican Republic will produce and distribute ceramic water filters that are affordable and 99.9% microbiologically effective. Each filter will provide clean water for a family of up to 10 individuals for 5 years. Participants will have the opportunity to visit local communities that currently have filters to determine the filter’s impact on health and wellness, and participate in interviews in communities that don’t have filters, to determine where new filters are most needed.

Poverty & Racism (March 2015)
Leaders: Jeremias & Kya
kya & jeremias

It takes knowledge and skills to address the root causes of poverty and racism. On this trip to Washington, DC participants will partner with the Steinbruck Center for Urban Studies and their N Street Village, a non-profit social services community founded in 1973 by Luther Place Memorial Church in response to the destruction from the civil rights riots that followed the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1968. Participants can expect days filled with tours, workshops, and direct service that address issues of hunger, homelessness and gentrification, access to education, women’s issues and immigration.

Pediatric Healthcare (March 2015)
Leaders: Skylar & Jeremiah
skylar & jeremiah

Every child matters and every child deserves a healthy and safe life. The pediatric healthcare trip to Memphis, TN will partner with Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital to provide direct support to patients and their families. From arts and crafts, to baby hugging, to dance parties, participants will learn what it takes to provide high quality healthcare for children experiencing  everything from little bumps to  life-altering illness.

Disaster Relief (March 2015)
Leaders: Dan & Jess
dan & jess

United Saints Recovery Project assists communities that have suffered damage from natural disasters, helping residents return home, improve their quality of life and strengthen their communities. Participants on the disaster relief trip will travel to New Orleans, LA and work under the direction of United Saints to assist neighborhoods still recovering from Hurricane Katrina. Participants can expect to get their hands dirty landscaping, hanging drywall, painting, and doing small construction projects. Time will be spent getting to know community leaders from the Lower Ninth Ward, and exploring historic failures of the levee system.

Affordable Housing (October 2014, February & March 2015)
Leaders: Kelsey & Sarah (Weekend)
kelsey & sarah

Katy & Allison (Weekend)
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Emily & Brendan (Weekend)
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Katy & Nicole (Spring Break)
katy & nicole

Nearly 50 million American’s are estimated to be living in poverty and the percentage of people without access to decent, stable housing is growing. The affordable housing trips will partner with Habitat for Humanity to build or restore energy efficient and sustainable housing for families in a host community. Participants will spend time on an active construction site and may participate in painting, hanging drywall, roofing, hanging siding, or demolition. The host community for weekend trips is Hartford, CT. The host community for the spring break trip will be announced in mid-October.

Rural Healthcare (March 2015)
Leaders: Sean & Katie
katie & sean

How do we promote health and hope for tomorrow? What goes into providing comprehensive health, education and other social services today to serve low-income residents? Participants on the Rural Healthcare trip to Kilmarnock, VA will work with the Northern Neck Free Health Clinic and  various community partners who answer these questions through the work in their organizations. This trip will work with rural healthcare to embrace health and wellness as the foundation for quality of life, and learn how to reach the highest level of health care to all those who lack access to it within communities surrounding Virginia.  Participants will gain awareness of the healthcare system in place and will be provided with the practical tools to combat healthcare in America today, for a better tomorrow.

Farm Worker’s Rights (March 2015)
Leaders: Allison & Laura
allison & laura

What is your role in the struggle for fair food? Do you know where your food comes from, and who picks it? Participants on the Farm Worker’s Rights trip to Immokalee, FL will start their trip with the Student/Farm worker Alliance, a national network of students and youth organizing with farm workers to eliminate sweatshop conditions and modern-day slavery in the fields. Participants will gain awareness about farmworkers’ struggles before they take part in service projects with local organizations like Habitat for Humanity and Guadalupe Social Services.

Hunger & Homelessness (March 2015)
Leaders: Andy & Alyssa
andy & alyssa

Philabundance was created in 1984 with the simple belief that no man, woman or child should go hungry.  Today they address hunger through direct service programs and a network of 450 member agencies, as well as contribute to a broad spectrum of social services through food cupboards, emergency kitchens, shelters, daycare and senior centers and beyond. Participants on the Hunger and Homelessness trip to Philadelphia will work in partnership with Philabundance packing, sorting, distributing, and serving food.

 

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