Alternative Spring Break

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

Application Information:

Apply here before the deadline (Saturday, January 28th, 11:59 pm).

Student Director Contact Information:

Staff Contact Information:

Laurie Chroney


PBHA’s Alternative Spring Break program runs public service trips during Harvard’s Spring Break and Wintersession. Trips span the United States, sending students to partner with local organizations in communities from Washington DC to Mississippi to the Navajo Nation. Students on Alternative Spring Break trips have done everything from build houses to work in schools to serve in food pantries.  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 four 2017 spring break trips:

  1. Decatur, AL:
    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. Please send your trip-related questions to!
  2. Washington, DC:
    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. Please send your trip-related questions to!
  3. Louisiana:
    This is a service-learning trip for freshmen, and it will focus on the role of food and sustainability in Louisiana. Students will travel by plane to Louisiana, where they will work with Dillard University students and learn more about the role of public service in the state of Louisiana, which has persevered through hard times within the past decade. Please send your trip-related questions to!
  4. Mississippi:
    This is a service learning trip focused specifically on civil rights. Students will travel by plane to Mississippi where they will participate in a combination of civil rights education opportunities and service work. Please send your trip-related questions to!

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.

Participants will be asked to contribute up to $150 for the one-week trips. This fee includes travel, housing, and food. Financial aid is available. Please contact trip leaders for more information regarding aid.

Check our ASB Trips Blog, and learn more about the 2017 trips to AL, DC, LA, and MS!

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  • Habitat for Humanity


    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.