Alternative Spring Break is a long-term program which prepares students for a week-long immersion experience with Habitat for Humanity in an impoverished area. We work in places affected by natural disasters, and places that are steeped in a cycle of poverty. Students are selected for one of several trips, based upon their preference and experience. The college subsidizes the cost of each student’s travel, but there is an individual fee which students can fund raise to offset.
In 2013 Dominican College commissioned three groups of students, faculty, and staff to respond to the needs of three different communities. The first group, made up of six students and two administrators, traveled to Tuscaloosa, AL to help rebuild homes following the destructive EF4 tornado that destroyed more than 7,000 homes in April 2011. The second group, composed of five students and one administrator, traveled to Toms River, NJ, to partner with Rebuild Our Shore, meeting various needs in the wake of Hurricane Sandy in November 2012. The third group included eleven students and two administrators, and went to Baltimore, MD to explore the economic downturn, and other factors contributing to the pervasive poverty that has plagued the city for generations.
ASB takes place during Spring Break each year, but you will carry it with you for the rest of your life; you will learn valuable lessons, make significant connections in the community, and develop lifelong friendships. Don’t leave the College without taking advantage of this extraordinary program. Applications are due in October of each year.
Below is a video created by the group of students who helped rebuild homes in Baltimore, MD in 2014: