We have an amazing opportunity to offer you over Spring Break week of March 2018. Hopefully you will consider joining us this year.
The Center for Community Service is sponsoring an Alternative Spring Break trip to Houston, Texas. The Alternative Spring Break (ASB) trip will take place from March 16-25, 2018. The students will have the opportunity to assist the Houston community recover and rebuild from the devastion of Hurricane Harvey, a category 4 hurricane that made landfall in Houston this past August.
The group will be working with Community Collborations International which takes an holistic appoach to community recover. Students will be immersed in recovery efforts directly impacted by the flooding.
Examples of projects include; working on homes, animal shelters, food banks, schools, and other local community organizations. University of Hartford students will directly assist with helping these community organizations serve their constituents and get back on their feet. The initial focus will be on preparing flooded homes for restoration.
The cost of the trip is $400. This trip fee includes transportation, lodging, and the majority of your meals. This trip fee takes into account mandatory fundraising that ASB students participate in prior to the trip.
"The student relationships that are created through this trip have single handedly made me stay at the University of Hartford. My best friends were found through my freshman trip to Alabama, and each year I have incorporated new people into my main friend group through the ASB program. Not enough good words can come from me about the Alternative Spring Break program, as it has truly made an impact not only on who I am as a person, but who I am as a student at the University of Hartford." Brittany Peck (Class of 2015)
"It was such a unique experience to visit and help out a community so far away from my own. I’ve never gotten the opportunity to help out a community that I did not have a personal attachment to, but when it was time to go I felt like I had a deep connection to the place and the people that lived there. It forged a sense of community within me in a larger sense. I’m not only aware of the problems going on in my community, but of problems all over the country. Overall, it was a truly gratifying experience, and I wouldn’t trade it for anything." Rob Dozier (Class of 2016)
Alternative Spring Break is an incredible opportunity but does require quite a bit of work and dedication prior to Spring Break. If you are accepted you will be required to sign a Trip Commitment Form which will outline your responsibilities in detail before the trip. You will be required to attend fundraisers for ASB and attend all group meetings for your trip prior to departure. The student will be responsible to pay the cost of the trip no later than Friday, December 1st, 2017. The fee for ASB 2018 will be $400.00 per person. Please understand that your trip fee is non-refundable should you be removed from the ASB trip or if you are unable to attend.
Please understand that due to the competitive nature of this application process, your responses to the application questions will be used to determine whether or not you will be selected for an interview.