Previous Alternative Break Experiences (2013-14)


Office: Campus Living

Description: Alternative Spring Break (ASB) is a student organization that is housed in Campus Living. This organization helps to provide students the opportunity to dedicate their spring break to benefit society. This program places teams of college students in communities to engage in community service and experiential learning. Students perform short-term projects for community agencies and learn about issues such as literacy, poverty, racism, hunger, homelessness, ageism and the environment. ASB not only seeks to involve, educate and heighten students' social awareness, but to encourage lifelong social action.

Spring 2014 Trip Locations

Trip One: Urban Poverty
Location: Atlanta, Georgia
Dates:  Tuesday, March 11- Sunday, March 16, 2014
Cost: $125  (Trip received supplemental assistance from Campus Living)

Volunteers worked in the Atlanta metro area to do service projects that benefit lower income areas. This trip afforded 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 completed a different service project each day to provide a better sense of what is needed in an urban setting.

Trip Two: Habitat
Location: Sumter-Lake, Eustis, Florida
Dates: Sunday, March 9 – Saturday, March 15, 2014
Cost: $125 (Trip received supplemental assistance from Campus Living)

Volunteers built homes for low income families. These families worked alongside volunteers to accomplish the dream of owning a home. Students worked with tools, paint, helped move items into the home and had the opportunity to see the varied stages of the home being built.

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Office: Volunteer and Service-Learning Center

Program: TRIPS (Turning Responsibility Into Powerful Service)

Description: Turning Responsibility into Powerful Service (TRIPS) is a student-led program within the VSLC. The TRIPS program is centered on providing ECU students with the opportunity to engage in meaningful service and learning around a specific social issue. TRIPS will be offered during fall, spring, summer, or winter breaks. Participants in TRIPS:

  1. Learned about the reality of social, structural, and environmental inequalities and how to respond in creative and productive ways.
  2. Developed civic leadership skills and learn how to use those skills to contribute to a common good.
  3. Explored facets of their identity related to diversity, privilege, race, class and gender, and how those identities impact their perspective.
  4. Developed relationships and enhance their social skills, establishing a community on campus based on values and common interests.

2014 TRIPS Locations

Hunger and Homelessness - Students will be exploring the issues of hunger and homelessness in Baltimore, Maryland from Sunday March 9th - Saturday March, 15th. Service sites will likely include: Habitat for Humanity, Catholic Charities, Moveable Feast, John Hopkins Campus Kitchen and much more!

Environmental Issues/ Sustainability and Economic Impact - Students will explore environmental issues, sustainability, and the economic impact in Carteret County, North Carolina from Sunday March, 9th – Thursday March, 13th  Service Sites will likely include: North Carolina Coastal Federation, Camp Albemarle, and much more!

Time & Duration: Spring Break, 1-week trips, short service/immersion weekend trips,

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Office: Campus Recreation and Wellness

Program: Adventure Programs

Description: On a break trip, explore stunning locations across our country. Trips range from sea kayaking in Florida, climbing rocks in TN, backpacking in a gorge in the Ozark Highlands. During the break, we live as a small group, working as individuals in a team to explore dynamic, wild and beautiful environments. The Adventure Program offers equipment rentals, trips, climbing wall and clinics to assist the ECU community in going outdoors and experiencing new challenges with friends and new acquaintances.

Time & Duration: 6-8 days

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Office: Center for Student Leadership and Engagement

Description: This program encouraged students to become critical and creative thinkers, understand values based leadership, and to explore how civic engagement can positively contribute to a better work environment.  This program allowed for leadership learning to happen outside of the borders of East Carolina University, aiding students in their understanding of how to enact positive change in a variety of ways. Students traveled to Charleston, SC and Savannah, GA learning about the various dynamics of leadership that exist within a city.

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