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ASB Destinations

The 2014 Alternative Spring Break (ASB) program will be held March 22-30, 2014 with twelve (12) trips taking place locally, domestically, and internationally.  These experiences will include:

Christian Appalachian Project
Appalachian, Kentucky
Contact: Aaron Strass (ajs355@drexel.edu) & Sandra Petri (scp57@drexel.edu)
Sponsoring Student Organization: Newman Catholic Community

The Drexel Newman Catholic Community will host a trip to eastern Kentucky to take part in the Christian Appalachian Project's annual WorkFest. Service projects will consist primarily of performing home repairs for low‐income homeowners. The experience will include cultural learning from homeowners and guest speakers. Volunteers of any work experience level are welcome. In addition to building relationships with participants from Drexel, students will interact and work with alternative spring break groups from other universities. Morning and evening reflections will occur in group and individual settings.
The group will depart from the University City Catholic Center at 3 a.m. Sunday, March 23, and arrive in Kentucky between 2 and 4 p.m. Participants will have the option of sleeping over Saturday night, March 22, at the Center to get to know the other trip participants before departure. The group will depart Kentucky Friday morning, March 28.

Camp RESTORE
New Orleans, Louisiana
Contact: Kiera Bohan (kbb43@drexel.edu)
Sponsoring Student Organization: Open Door Community (formerly Asbury Ministry)

On this trip, you will have the opportunity to work with non-profit organizations in the areas of human care, service and environmental need throughout the city of New Orleans. Camp RESTORE will be our home for the week! Students will be expected to help with the fundraising efforts of the trip and attend pre-trip meetings. Any questions should be directed to Kiera Bohan (kbb43@drexel.edu) Expected cost $200 (could vary based on fundraising).

Cranks Creek Survival Center
Cranks Creek, Harlan County, Kentucky
Contacts: Caitlin Youngster (cmy33@drexel.edu) & Brian Nunziato (brn25@drexel.edu)
Sponsoring Student Organization: American Institute of Architecture Students

Students on this trip will have the opportunity to work with Cranks Creek Survival, tucked in the Appalachian Mountains in a rural coal-mining town in eastern Kentucky. It was founded in 1982 by Bobby and Becky Simpson, a local couple with little means of their own. This couple, along with the help of volunteers from near and far, have dedicated their lives to helping people in their community by fixing and building houses, donating clothing, and providing food to those in need. As student volunteers, we will have the chance to leave the urban sprawl of the northeast and experience a new world. Our work here will focus on carpentry and home building, along with donating clothing and food to the people we will be serving. We will be able to interact with people who live with basics necessities and help others out of the kindness of their warm hearts. We will witness the effects of reverse pioneering and the abandonment of industry, and to see how the diaspora of industry from mining towns has left human beings to suffer. Participants will offer help this unstable and often overlooked community while gaining hands-on experience in building, exploring the nature and culture of Appalachia, and meeting new people. We think that this small, yet powerful organization will change how each attendee views public service.

Habitat for Humanity Decatur
Decatur, Alabama
Contact: Matt Boyer (mjb445@drexel.edu)
Sponsoring Student Organization: Sigma Phi Epsilon

Come enjoy the splendor of the South working in Decatur, Alabama! Alabama continues to rank among the top ten states with the highest poverty rate in the nation, with nearly 18% living below the poverty line. The need for affordable and safe housing is tremendous. We need volunteers to help build! Lodging will be provided at a local church. Trip participants will be working on building homes and changing lives while getting to experience the rich traditions the South has to offer. Opportunities will be available to explore the North Alabama area including the NASA Space and Rocket Museum and Cook's Natural Science Museum.

Lutheran Settlement House/American Red Cross
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Contact: Oresta Borodevyc (ovb25@drexel.edu)
Sponsoring Student Organization: Drexel American Red Cross

The American Red Cross Chapter at Drexel University is seeking students to participate in an ASB trip that will strengthen the surrounding Philadelphia area through multiple experiences. For this trip, we will be volunteering at the South Eastern Pennsylvania American Red Cross Chapter, The Red Cross House, and the Lutheran Settlement House. The American Red Cross is an important organization known and well respected for its consistent response to victims of natural or man-made disasters and we will have the opportunity to assist with some of their activities. Our work with the Lutheran Settlement House will include outdoor activities and helping with activities at their senior center and women’s center – along with the chance to understand the many important resources this organization provides to the local community. The trip will take place from Monday, March 24th to Friday, March 28th. All service activities will take place during the day, and we will have group bonding activities and fun excursions at night! This trip will give participants the opportunity to become more involved in the local Philadelphia community, all while engaging in fun and enlighten service activities with your fellow Drexel students!

Habitat for Humanity Bridgeport
Bridgeport, Connecticut
Contact: Sarah Griggs (smg357@drexel.edu)
Sponsoring Student Organization: Drexel Circle K

Fairfield County has the distinction of having the largest income gap of any county in the U.S. The chasm between the “haves” and the “have nots” accents the need for decent, affordable housing for the blue collar workers. Housing is a 3-bedroom, 1.5 baths Habitat home. Currently there are 9 homes under construction, so there is a variety of work. Bridgeport is known as the Park City, with beautiful beaches and parks in the Bearsley Zoo and Discovery Adventure Center.

American Hiking Society
Belle Isle State Park- Lancaster, Virginia
Contact: Samantha Schneider (sls365@drexel.edu)
Sponsoring Student Organization: Drexel Society of Women Engineers

The destination of the trip is Belle Isle State Park, in the “Northern Neck” of Virginia. The trip is in partnership with the American Hiking Association, and volunteers will help to rejuvenate hiking trails within the park by trimming trees, clearing brush, and spreading gravel. The volunteer work will be moderately strenuous, and volunteers will be expected to hike 3 miles total to and from the work site each day. Volunteers will stay in a camping lodge with a bathhouse located nearby. Trip attendees should enjoy working outside- no hiking or camping experience necessary! The park is located near the Chesapeake Bay, providing opportunities to kayak, fish, hike, and explore local museums during free time.

La Gran Vista
San Isidro de El General, Costa Rica
Contact: Benjamin Banks (beb58@drexel.edu)
La Gran Vista is a model farm located near San Isidro de El General, Costa Rica which is 3 hours from San Jose, Costa Rica. The purpose of the farm is to serve as a model to those in the surrounding area, and whose primary focus is soil conversation. Oftentimes farmers in the area do not properly cultivate the coil and once the soil is no longer able to be used, surrounding areas of the rain forest are cut to make room for more farming. The duties and activities of volunteers include constructing terraces, planting soil-binding grasses, pasture rehabilitation, fence construction, vegetable cultivation, feeding various farm animals, planting fruit bearing trees, and constructing/maintaining greenhouses. Volunteers will learn about farming, soil cultivation, and Costa Rica. More information about this great opportunity can be found at www.lagranvista.com. The total estimated cost will approximately $1300 per person, though University support and various fundraisers (both group and personal are expected to lower out-of-pocket costs.

Repair the World
Baltimore, Maryland
Contact: Peter Fox (paf49@drexel.edu)
Sponsoring Student Organization: Jewish Student Association (JSA/Hillel)

Join Hillel and take part in our Baltimore urban service project. During ASB we will bolster strong initiatives aimed at tackling the issues of poverty and urban planning by revitalizing vacant lots and turning them into community gardens. The gardens will serve as a source of local food pantries for families in need. Through this project, participants will develop strong leadership skills and learn the importance of giving back to the community. This program will provide participants with a deeper understanding of families coming from lower socio-economic backgrounds.

Habitat for Humanity Beaufort
Beaufort, South Carolina
Contact: Jasmin Patel (jp942@drexel.edu)
Sponsoring Student Organization: Habitat for Humanity Drexel Chapter

Habitat for Humanity is an international organization that helps build affordable housing in partnership with those in need. Collegiate Challenge is a program Habitat has created as an alternative spring break for college students. Throughout the week, volunteers will work on one of several homes currently being built for a local family in need. The estimated cost is $250 per volunteer.

Envision Mexico
Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico
Contact: Jeremy Sander (jjs378@drexel.edu)
Sponsoring Student Organization: Drexel Students for Christ

Traveling to Mexico is bound to bring diversity. The areas we will be traveling to is in and around an impoverished area of Mexico which will be constantly expose Drexel students to issues of health, environment, and poverty. The children and youth area of focus will be covered when the group interacts with youth ages 8-17 English classes and partnering with a youth adjustment facility. The estimated cost per participant is $1000. 

Habitat for Humanity Chicago Heights
Chicago Heights, Illinois
Contact: Jasmin Patel (jp942@drexel.edu)
Sponsoring Student Organization: Habitat for Humanity Drexel Chapter

Habitat for Humanity is an international organization that helps build affordable housing in partnership with those in need. Collegiate Challenge is a program Habitat has created as an alternative spring break for college students. Throughout the week, volunteers will work on one of several homes currently being built for a local family in need. The estimated cost is $250 per volunteer.

Should you have any questions about ASB, please do not hesitate to contact the ASB program at aes68@drexel.edu.