"[Students on ASB learn] about themselves, working with others, and about their role in the world."
"I think a group of students can learn a variety of things from the same experience, depending on the person and the experience they bring to the trip; this is one of my favorite things about service trips."
"It was truly an enlightening experience as well as a great introduction to a field that I am interested in."
"Students can learn a lot about themselves and different culture areas and problems around the United States that they may not have another opportunity to learn about."
"[ASB participants] can get a better sense of their place in the world as well as how they can act in it so as to make it better for others."
"Students get to learn the true problems in society and the best ways (versus the least helpful ways) to reduce the problems and improve the community. They also learn that they can make a difference in even the smallest ways and therefore they also learn something about themselves."
"When you look back on your trip and reflect on the impact you made, you realize how all that work really made a difference."
"I think that service trips give students a broader perspective of the problems facing the world.""It was the most wonderful experience. I highly recommend the ASB program to all students."
Alternative Spring Break '11
The Florida Trail: Florida
The Florida Trail is one of eight National Scenic Trails in the nation. It is 1,424 miles long and is based in Gainesville, FL. There are 18 local chapters throughout the state working toward their goal to "develop, maintain, promote, and protect a continuous public hiking trail the length of the state of Florida." The organization brings Alternative Breakers to the area to do work, but also to inspire a love of the outdoors, encouraging students to protect and enjoy their natural resources in an increasingly fast-paced world. The work included trail maintenance and building simple infrastructure.
Essential2Life: Atlanta, GA
Breakers stayed in the city of Atlanta, Georgia to build relationships with at-risk urban youth. Experiences included play-days and hanging out with the kids, personal visits, random acts of kindness, and other community interactions such as housing work and clean-up projects, working with the Boys & Girls Club of Atlanta, projects with students of Atlanta Public Schools, working with the Atlanta Food Bank, and volunteering in homeless shelters.
Re-Member: South Dakota
Re-Member works with the Oglala Lakota People on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. Pine Ridge is among the poorest areas in the country. Re-Member provided the opportunity for volunteers not only to work out across Pine Ridge with the Lakota people but also to be immersed in the Lakota culture. Re-Member's main work was with the building bunk bends for the Oglala Lakota, yet volunteers also participated in home rehabilitation and renovation.