We would first like to apologize for the extended hiatus: a combination of farewells, packing and a lack of Wi-Fi on the Amtrak has made blogging these past few days rather difficult. We’re back now though, with our final comments on ASB: Health Disparities 2013! After a strenuous day of urban farming with the […]
Phillips Brooks House students prepare for their first day at a Habitat for Humanity building site in Marion, SC. Read more »
This morning the Hamilton people woke up early to leave, and we quickly followed suit, vacuuming and washing dishes before we pushed off. It was strange to not have work in the morning, and to say goodbye to our worksite. Today has been another long road trip filled with music, homework and sleep. We had […]
Our last day of work! The weather was cold again, so we sent a large group back to the warehouse to finish the drywall installation. Towards the end we got pretty good, especially since one of the construction leaders, Donny, had over a decade of drywall installation. After lunch a group braved the cold and […]
“I wondered what a grassroots recovery would look like – one in which decisions about how to rebuild lay in the hands of survivors.” – ‘We Shall not be Moved’, Tom Wooten ’08 There are many ways that one can go about trying to uproot a tree. You might attempt to dig around and […]
“Don’t you go down Bourbon Street!” – Mrs. Williams – Repainting the railings and concrete porch of Mrs. Williams’s house was our second project. Having just painted Sam’s porch the day before, we were all feeling very much like amateur Picassos ourselves. After taking a trip to Lowe’s to pick up supplies, we came to […]
Today we woke up to snow outside our window – not exactly what you want to see on your spring break! Luckily, though, there was plenty of work for us in the Habitat for Humanity warehouse. The walls on one side had the paint peeling off, and on the other side they weren’t covered at […]
“Is it sad that I’m starting to answer to ‘Short Legs’ now?” – Gianina Yumul — Bright and early, we packed into the van and drove over to the main campus of Dillard University, a private, historically black liberal arts college in the Gentilly neighborhood of New Orleans. Having been actively involved in restoring and […]
Year 2013 Trips
Undergraduate Harvard students interested in health access and inequality will be exploring New Orleans on a trip that seeks to encourage dialogue about health equity in an urban setting.
ASB Decatur, Alabama will provide a group of Harvard students with a series of hands-on volunteer opportunities in the northern Alabama community.
This website is about the Phillips Brooks House Association's (PBHA) Alternative Spring Break Trips.
The mission of the Alternative Spring Break program is to provide Harvard University students with an opportunity to engage in community service and expand their knowledge of local communities and governments during a time that others might spend on vacation, or at home.
Participants will aid in community redevelopment and beautification of the Gentilly neighborhood of New Orleans, which was heavily impacted by Hurricane Katrina.
The ASB SEED School Trip is an amazing opportunity to spend a week at one of the most talked about and innovative public charter schools in the country.
Harvard Habitat runs three Collegiate Challenge spring break trips each year to give students an opportunity to head south and volunteer with the local Habitat chapters of underserved communities.
The local chapter is Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity, which has been in service since 1989 and has built over 110 new houses since then.