Alternative Spring Break
Drexel offers several alternative spring break options every year – opportunities for students to volunteer during their time off instead of participating in, well, “typical” spring break activities. And this year, one of the alternative spring break groups was made up entirely of Honors students.
The purpose of the trip, according to Pennoni Assistant Dean Elaine O’Loughlin, was to “expose a small group of Honors students to the national issue of homelessness.” To that end, the group participated in Habitat for Humanity’s Collegiate Challenge, an annual effort to get students to spend their spring breaks building houses.
The students and three staff members traveled by van to Statesville, North Carolina, where they “installed a wood floor throughout the house, finished the roofing and siding, painted, and landscaped the entire yard,” says O’Loughlin. In addition to working on the house, the group was also “welcomed by local families,” who fed them several lunches and dinners.
In addition to the trip, students also participated in fundraising activities and pre-trip meetings and class sessions. Afterward, they completed a final paper and earned one honors credit for their experience and work.
Students interested in next year’s alternative spring break can apply in November.