Alternative Break Service Trips

  •  Alternative Break Trips

    Through our Alternative Break Service Trip (ABST) program, student leaders design and facilitate experiences for their peers based on four pillars of service, simplicity, community and reflection. These immersions focus on broadening participants' worldviews and fostering global citizenship, through service and relationship-building with neighbors across our human family. Rooted in Catholic Social Teaching, all ABSTs seek to create intentionally inclusive, diverse community through their group formation and trip experiences. ABSTs are co-curricular, student-led, and accompanied by trained faculty and staff from all divisions of the Gannon University family.

    In 2018-19, The Center for Social Concerns is sponsoring 16 ABSTs, which will send 120+ students and 30+ faculty/staff across our neighborhood, country, and global communities. This year's domestic locations and programs include:

    • Detroit, MI with Earthworks Urban Farm and the Capuchin Soup Kitchen, focusing on food security, sustainable food systems, urban agriculture, racial and economic justice. Read more about their trip here and support them  here.
    • Erie, PA with the Our West Bayfront neighborhoods, focusing on exploring history, current revitalization, and future promise in our own neighborhood surrounding Gannon's campus.
    • Habitat for Humanity Collegiate Challenge trip, at a site in the United States that student leaders choose on a yearly basis. Read more about their trip here and support them  here.
    • Ruskin, FL, focusing on working with victims and survivors of human trafficking, domestic violence, and/or other types of abuse or trafficking. Read more about their trip here and support them here.
    • Washington, D.C., with the Father McKenna Center, focusing on charity, justice, and advocacy in response to homelessness.  Read more about their trip here and support them  here.

    International locations and programs include:

    • Merida, Mexico at the Misión de Amistad, focusing on community and economic development and access to health care and education for youth and girls. Read more about their trip here and support them  here.
    • Mexico City & Queretaro, Mexico with L'Arche Mexico, focusing on sharing life and supporting human dignity with people who have disabilities. Read more about their trip here and support them  here.
    • San Lucas, Guatemala at the San Lucas Mission, focusing on community and economic development, and cross-cultural exchange with indigenous communities. Read more about their trip here and support them  here.
    • Fond Tortue, Haiti, exploring economic and environmental impacts of fair trade coffee production in partnership with Just Haiti and Catholic Relief Services. Read more about their trip here and support them  here.
    • Ontario, Canada with L'Arche communities, focusing on dignity for and community-building with individuals with and without disabilities. Read more about their trip here and support them here.
    • Lusaka, Zambia with Habitat for Humanity Global Village, building homes and community across a years-long partnership in the same village. Read more about their trip here and support them  here.
    • Vellore, India, in partnership with the Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, focusing on children, elders and community-based social work in the context of extreme poverty. Read more about their trip here and support them here.

     

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