Alternative Spring Break

PBHA’s Alternative Spring Break program runs public service trips across the United States during Harvard's Spring Break.

Application Information:

Applications are currently closed. They will reopen in the fall of 2020.

Student Director Contact Information:

Staff Contact Information:

Laurie Chroney


Fall 2020

Status: Active

Alternative Spring Break (ASB) is a program that organizes Harvard students to support communities across the US during spring break; during the fall, we’ll be recruiting both team leaders and then team volunteers — be sure to watch out for any emails! This year, due to restrictions surrounding travel, our in-person support may be limited. However, we still intend to provide online and/or local volunteering opportunities for the 2021 spring break, including working to support high school students during this difficult time. People with unique ideas for ASB are encouraged to apply as team leaders. Feel free to write to us at with any questions.

PBHA’s Alternative Spring Break program runs public service trips during Harvard’s Spring Break. Trips span the United States, sending students to partner with local organizations in communities and doing everything from building houses to teaching in schools. As students dedicate time to serve the communities they visit, they learn about the social, economic, and political issues affecting the community, all while forging bonds with the people there and with fellow teammates.  We are excited to announce the five 2020 spring break trips.

Decatur, Alabama

Led by Menat Bahnasy & Marta Pawluczuk

Students will travel by plane to Decatur, AL, where they will volunteer with the local chapter of Habitat for Humanity. Working alongside local volunteers, they will complete one phase of a home-building project. In addition, students will stay with local host families and participate in community engagement activities—ranging from a community dinner to an elementary school visit—throughout the week.

Washington DC

Led by Linda Ruiyi & Marina Andrawis

Students will travel by van to Washington, D.C., where they will volunteer with the Latin American Youth Center (LAYC). The mission of LAYC is to empower a diverse population of youth to achieve a successful transition to adulthood through multi-cultural, comprehensive, and innovative programs that address youths’ social, academic, and career needs. Volunteers will work closely with the preparatory program tutoring students, reading over applications, and mentoring in different elementary, middle, and high schools.

Upstate New York

Led by Henry Lear & Amy Zhou

This trip will be focused in upstate New York and participants will get the chance to work with advocacy groups, farm workers, and unions there to learn more about activism around Labor Rights. They will learn more about the real day to day needs of advocacy groups and assist these groups with some tasks and projects they are working to support New York farmers.

New York City

Led by Joanne Hokayem & Akila Muthukumar

Students will travel by van to New York City for the week to learn and educate about human trafficking. They will come to understand the intricacies and sensitivities that come with working in this field and how to successfully teach others about the growing problem of human trafficking nationwide.

Puerto Rico

Led by Ari Wu & Yasenimary Velazquez Carrasquillo

This trip is an emergency disaster relief trip to Puerto Rico to offer support and aid to those affected by recent hurricanes and natural disasters. Participants will work with contacts their to provide meaningful service to those who most need it. This could include clean-up, providing resources, serving food, and more. Some manual labor may be required for this trip.


Participants will be required to participate actively both before and during the trip. Pre-trip activities include fundraising, team meetings, and ASB-wide training sessions at PBHA.

Each participant will also be asked to contribute $150 for the one-week trips and fundraise at least $50 to help cover travel, housing, and food. Financial aid is available. Please contact for more information.

Check out our ASB Trips Blog to learn more about the 2019 trips to AL, DC, NY, and PR!

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    PBHA's Harvard Habitat for Humanity connects student volunteers with build sites in Greater Boston, and runs domestic and international service trips during Harvard's winter and spring breaks.