Phillips Brooks House students prepare for their first day at a Habitat for Humanity building site in Marion, SC. Read more »

“It ain’t so easy in the Big Easy no more”

We arrived at Pentecost Baptist Church this morning to begin our first day of service. Reverend Davis welcomed us and gave us a brief background of the horrors that the church and its community faced during Hurricane Katrina. I could not even begin to fathom the eight feet of water that flooded the church and […]

Day 1!

Hi! I’m Saranya. I’m a freshman in Grays and will be in Lowell next year! I am a co-director this year, and I hope to be concentrating in Computer Science and Government. I’ve been coming to New Orleans since I was in 7th grade, through my middle/high school in New York. Every year I see […]

Nashville Memories

This day was designated just for fun. The group of us wanted to head up to Nashville about 2 hours away for tourist stuff and new experiences. Before we left we hung out in Gay’s living room flipping through her old high school yearbook. This was fascinating how things have changed and not changed over […]

Day 5: Edible School Yard and Exploring the French Quarter

My name is Kyle Whelihan, a freshman currently living in Massachusetts Hall, and a future Mather-ite. I am potentially concentrating in Music, but I have interests in Psychology, English, and Dramatic Arts that I am also presently investigating. I was elated to be accepted into this trip at the idea of being able to make […]

Up, Up, and Away!

This morning was probably the latest we could sleep in and I was still up before 9 am. Seize the day! We finished up our packing and cleaning of our rooms while we reflected on this past week. It was nice having so much to do and so much diversity in our plans. I can […]

Day 6: Finishing the Week

Today was the last day on the site at the Fischer Senior Village. We started the day with a tour of Dillard University, the university we have been staying at, by a current senior. I was really impressed by Dillard’s campus and how much the tour guide loved this place. The buildings were equipped with […]

Sun Shining So Bright

Finally the sun was out and shinning for the majority of the day! We started out at the site in a noticeably nicer mood, most definitely as a result of the sunshine.  This day was full of much more detail work finishing up the siding and softening in the front of the house. Habitat for […]

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Year 2015 Trips

ASB Decatur (Alabama)

Every spring break for the last several years, a group of Harvard students go down to Decatur, Alabama for a week to help built a house, form a strong connection with the community, and learn more about southern hospitality. 

Freshman (New Orleans, LA)

The students on the Freshman Alternative Spring Break Trip to New Orleans will help build gardens in schools in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. 

This website is about the Phillips Brooks House Association's (PBHA) Alternative Spring Break Trips.