Alternative spring break aims to serve others
Published: Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, October 8, 2013 23:10
Every year, organizations throughout UConn use spring break as a time to put attention towards serving others. Organizations including Community Outreach, Honors Program, UCC UConn and Greek Life host their own respective trips.
“[Alternative] breaks focus on service. It’s about going elsewhere and helping others. It is going out of your way to help people,” said Hannah Richwine, president of UCC UConn.
For UCC UConn, they are “focused on disaster relief” in places such as New Orleans, Los Angeles and Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Other organizations may focus on other things. For community outreach, they do everything from disaster relief to healthcare to poverty. Not only do these programs focus on helping others but they also help people to find themselves.
“Alternative breaks allow us to immerse ourselves in something deeper. It really helps to find passions. It allows students to find where passion and education are taking [them],” said Ashley Hazleton, Coordinator of Alternative Breaks in Community Outreach.
Alternative break trips are service-based and are often in different parts of the United States. They help to further improve the country.
“The purpose of an alternative break is to learn more about a social issue that is a problem in a community in the United States.” said Steven Hong, Honor Alterative Spring Break (HASB) 2014 Director.
There was not always alternative breaks at UConn that helped throughout the U.S. It is something that was started as a way for students to give back to the community.
“It was a movement, to where, instead of going home for spring break or going to the beach to fun for spring. It is a complete dry experience where you focus on service,” Richwine said.
The whole experience can also help places such as Habitat for Humanity which is what the Honors Program has focused on in the past. However, even though this alternative break is run through the Honors Council, it is open to all students and is on a first come, first serve basis.
“Our break is kind of like a mystery alternative break. We are probably going to be working for Habitat for Humanity and will be finding out our location in a few weeks,” said Hong.
For the alternative break trips, the applications are due soon.