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Alternative Spring Break

March 16th - 23rd, 2019 | Eastern North Carolina 

We have an amazing opportunity to offer you over Spring Break week of March 2019. Hopefully you will consider joining us this year. 

The Center for Community Service is organizing an Alternative Spring Break trip to Eastern North Carolina. The Alternative Spring Break (ASB) trip will take place from March 16th to 23rd, 2019.  The students will have the opportunity to serve a community devastated by Hurricane Florence and help them rebuild. 

In recent years we have seen many natural disasters, both in the United States and abroad. In the aftermath of these events, including the often long and difficult recoveries, outside support and action is essential. Volunteering to help a struggling community is not always easy, but it is some of the most rewarding work you can do. The University of Hartford believes strongly in the power of this work and is calling you, a dedicated Hawk, to join our Alternative Spring Break effort to aid a community in need.

This year, the University of Hartford is sending 28 students and two staff advisors to Eastern North Carolina. The team will collaborate with local agencies and residents to support recovery efforts for a community left devastated by Hurricane Florence in September. Our team will be working on multiple projects helping these communities recover, such as: preparing flooded homes for restoration, assisting food banks, schools, and other community organizations.


The group will travel via bus to North Carolina, stopping every few hours for stretch breaks and meals. Upon arrival, the team will be staying in modest accommodation, possibly a church or relief shelter, so as to gain a better understanding of what hurricane victims may have experienced in the aftermath of the storm. Each day will be structured around the service work; here is a basic run down of what a typical day might look like: 

  • 7:00am - breakfast at housing site
  • 7:45am - depart to project site
  • 8am - service work at designated project site
  • noon - break for bagged lunch at project site
  • 12:30pm - service work at designated project site
  • 4:30pm - return to housing site (time to shower, relax, etc.)
  • 6pm - dinner at housing site
  • 7:30pm - nightly reflection circle
  • 8:30pm - free time at housing site
  • 10pm - lights out

We will work to schedule one day of the trip to explore the local area as a group, in order to allow trip participants to experience the culture of the community we're serving. 

Don't just take our word on ASB….

"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)

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted in their entirety by 4:30pm on Thursday, February 21, 2019. In order for an application to be considered complete, the following must be received by the deadline:

  • Application form found here.
  • A deposit of $200 (cash or check, to be handed in to the Center for Community Service in GSU 209).
    • If applicants are not selected, the $200 deposit will be returned. Once an applicant is selected, the trip is non-refundable.
  • A video following the guidelines below.
    • When creating your video, please follow these guidelines:
      • Your video should be 30-60 seconds long (please note: if your video exceeds 60 seconds, you will no longer be considered for a position on this trip)
      • Hold your phone horizontally (sideways) or make sure your computer is recording you horizontally
      • Record your video in a quiet place with good lighting – we want to be able to see you and hear all the great things you have to say!
      • The background for your video should show some personality (bare cinder block walls aren’t the most aesthetically pleasing backdrop)
      • Wear UHart gear! If you don’t have a UHart shirt to wear, be sure to wear something that doesn’t show a brand name or another school’s name.
    • What should you talk about:
      • What does community service mean to you?
      • Why is it important to you that you participate in this Alternative Spring Break trip?
        • What are you hoping to learn or gain from this experience?
      • How do you feel you can make an impact on Eastern North Carolina and the victims of Hurricane Florence?
    • Things you should know:
      • These videos will help us determine who is selected for the trip
      • These videos (or pieces of them) may be used for promotional materials to inform others about the Alternative Spring Break trip and request donations to support participant costs. Your submission of an application video signifies your acceptance of your video being used for possible media and promotional materials.
    • How to submit your video:
      • Visit (the free version will work just fine for this)
      • Upload your video
      • Set it to email to (from yourself; preferably from your account)
      • Include your full name in the file name and/or in the “Message” field.

Final payment of $225 (for a total trip cost of $425) is due by 4:30pm on Friday, March 8, 2019.