Alternative Break Experiences (ABE) at ECU

Mission: East Carolina University Alternative Break Experiences (ABE) create active citizens, leaders, and advocates for lasting social change.

We believe at East Carolina University that Alternative Break Experiences (ABE) are learning opportunities that immerse ECU community members in diverse environments that address social, economic, political, environmental, spiritual, and cultural issues through the exchange of idea,personal reflection, critical thinking, and applications of academic concepts beyond the classroom.  Alternative Break Experiences (ABE) challenge all participants to critically reflect upon their role and ability to make lasting social change in our local, regional, and global community.

Pushing Boundaries and Creating Change

Adventure Programs ABE

  • Date:  March 7 –March 12th
  • Cost:  $285 for students/members & $385 guests/non-members (Cost includes all food, equipment, transportation, instruction and camping)
  • Description: “The most pristine and undeveloped river systems in the United States” is how National Geographic describes this river in north Florida. A slow and lazy current moves your canoe downstream, as huge cypress trees tower over head and “Live Oak” trees covered in Spanish Moss line the banks. The Suwannee River twists and turns as it makes its way 170+ miles to the Gulf of Mexico and you’ll get to paddle a small part (~50 miles over 5 days) of this rather famous river. No experience needed, our expert trip leaders will teach you everything you need to know.
  • Limited Spots:  The trip is limited to 8 people total
  • For further information, Adventure Program Website

Campus Living ABE: Urban Poverty

  • Location:  Atlanta, Georgia
  • Dates:Monday, March 10- Sunday, March 14, 2015
  • Cost: $125 (Trip receive supplemental assistance from Campus Living)>
  • Limited Spots: The trip is limited to 10 people total. This trip is for residence hall students only
  • Description:  Volunteers work in the Atlanta metro area to do service projects that benefit lower income areas. This trip affords students the opportunity to see firsthand the poverty in urban settings and the efforts that are being made to assist people in need. This group will complete a different service project each day to provide a better sense of what is needed in an urban setting.
  • Contact:For further information, Janet Johnson at JOHNSONJAN@ecu.edu

Volunteer and Service-Learning Center ABE:  Poverty and Healthcare

  • Location:Baltimore, Maryland
  • Dates: March 8-14 (7 days)
  • Cost:$255.00 (cost includes travel, lodging, service activities, and most food.
  • Limited Spots:  The trip is limited to 7 people total.
  • Description: This ABE will serve and learn with area several affiliates’ of Catholic Charities and other local non-profit partners that address issues of poverty and healthcare. This opportunity will allow for students to learn about poverty and healthcare in an urban setting, while asking students to think about different types of service (indirect, direct, and advocacy).Service will be with a variety of agencies through Catholic Charities, Healthcare for the Homeless and much more!
  • Contact: For further information, VSLC website.

Volunteer and Service-Learning Center ABE: Environmental Justice, Sustainability, and Economic Impact

  • Location: Atlantic Beach (Carteret County), North Carolina
  • Dates: March 8-12 (5 days)
  • Cost:< $130.00 (cost includes travel, lodging, service activities, and most food)
  • Limited Spots: The trip is limited to 12 people total.
  • Description: This ABE will serve and learn with the North Carolina Coastal Federation, Camp Albemarle, and a few other community organizations. This ABE is very special to East Carolina University because it focuses on service and regional transformation through learning and service and is in its fifth year partnering with ECU.Service will consist of mostly environmental work, including oyster habitat restoration, clean up, and other project maintenance.
  • Contact: For further information,visit VSLC website.

Volunteer and Service-Learning Center ABE: A Staycation in Our Community - Poverty and Youth

  • Location: Greenville, NC
  • Dates: March 7-10 (4 days)
  • Cost:$70.00 (cost includes travel, lodging, service activities, and most food)
    Limited Spots: The trip is limited to 10 people total.
  • Description: Think local, serve local, and make local change in our community by being a part of the ABE Staycation. This ABE very special to East Carolina University and our community because it focuses on service and regional transformation through learning and service at a time when many of our students leave to venture home.  This is a new opportunity that will allow for our on-going partners to continue to work and deepen our partnership with ECU. Our need for change doesn’t stop because ECU is on spring break. Service will range from working with local youth centers, Campus Kitchen partners, and our local shelters.
  • Contact: For further information, visit VSLC website.