Alternative Spring Breaks

Because sometimes you have to get away to find yourself

We believe that learning about social justice in other communities across the United States can tell us something about how these issues play out in our own communities. We will be posting more specific descriptions as we continue to work with our community partners to develop the education and service components.

Already convinced you want in? Our lottery is open until Sunday, January 29th at 10am. The lottery form can be found here.

Trip Descriptions
Lynchburg Grows
Mission: Lynchburg Grows is a seven-acre urban farm dedicated to providing access to fresh, local, produce for Lynchburg residents, restaurants, and organizations, while also providing onsite vocational training for disabled and low-income individuals.
Social justice topic: Food security and sustainable agriculture
Site leaders: Abby Davidson and Hannah Freeman

Join the Lynchburg Grows alternative break if you're interested in food security, urban farming, or sustainable agriculture. Located in Lynchburg, VA, Lynchburg Grows provides vocational training and jobs for individuals, while directly addressing food security in the city by distributing thousands of pounds of fresh vegetables to designated food deserts. Travel with the Lynchburg Grows break to learn more about how this urban farm is changing lives!

Senior Connections
Mission: Empowering seniors to live with dignity and choice.
Social justice topic: Ageism and services for low-income seniors
Site leaders: Dan Jelf and Nandini Singh

Senior Connections is a Richmond-based non-profit organization dedicated to supporting and empowering senior citizens, particularly those at or below the poverty line. Participants will visit different "Friendship Cafes," communities for seniors to socialize and eat nutritional food, throughout the break. They will also be educated by Senior Connections on the issue of ageism, the prevalent social and medical problems faced by this age group, and how we can help bridge the generation gap.

Safe House of Hope
Mission: To help victims of sex trafficking become an active part of a healthy community through education and training, and to provide support for the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual needs of those victims.
Social justice topic: Human trafficking
Site leaders: Catherine Denton and Florence Glynn

Do you want to work first-hand with a group that provides support to survivors of human trafficking, while learning about human trafficking as a social justice issue? Our community partner, the Safe House of Hope in Baltimore, MD, strives to meet the needs of survivors and empower them as members of healthy communities. We will put a variety of skills to use in working with SHO Hope in addition to other local organizations dealing with issues intersectionally related to human trafficking. Please note, this break has a limited number of spots open.

Global Village Project
Community Partner: 
Habitat for Humanity of Laredo-Webb County
Mission: Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities, and hope.
Social justice topic: Affordable housing and border issues
Site leaders: Lorraine Pettit and Morgan McCown

For the fourth consecutive year, GVP will travel to the border town of Laredo, Texas, to partner with Habitat for Humanity of Laredo-Webb County. Over the break, participants will work side-by-side with community members to build affordable housing for low-income families. For weeks leading up to departure, the team will deeply explore the root causes of housing inequality in the context of the community, history, and future of the US/Mexico border. Once in Texas, the team will continue to build on their cultural and social justice education through direct service work and meaningful conversations with the people of Laredo. Sorry, this alternative break is already full!

Health Brigade
Mission:
Health Brigade provides quality health services, especially to those least served, in a compassionate and non-judgmental environment.
Social justice topic: Health education, specifically related to HIV/AIDS
Site Leaders: Danielle Horridge and Matt Wong

Interested in learning about the intersection of social issues and access to healthcare? You don't have to travel very far to do so in a meaningful and service-oriented way! Join the Health Brigade (formerly Fan Free Clinic) alternative spring break trip as we travel down the road to Richmond, VA to learn about the history and people of Richmond, the needs they have and the barriers they face, and how Health Brigade works to meet these needs in a sustainable way. While working with the clinic we will be interactively educated on issues that include homelessness, addiction, LGBTQ+ rights, incarceration, HIV/AIDS, and how all of these things relate to unique healthcare challenges. Sorry, this alternative break is already full!

Northern Neck Free Health Clinic
Mission: To fill critical health care gaps in our community.
Social justice topic: Access to healthcare
Site leaders: Elena Parcell and Shweta Kumar

Are you interested in issues surrounding access to healthcare? Join the alternative spring break trip to the Northern Neck Middlesex Free Health Clinic this year to learn about rural healthcare inequality. We will be traveling to Northern Neck, VA, to work with the clinic and understand how they fulfill their mission of addressing critical healthcare gaps in their community by providing dignified care to individuals who are uninsured. Sorry, this alternative break is already full!

Cost

The majority of our spring alternative breaks cost $200, with the exception of Global Village Project, which includes the costs $600. We are proud to be able to offer financial aid for all our trips. Please consult our financial aid page for more information about our policies. The financial aid application will be due at the same time as the lottery- Sunday, January 29th at 10am.