This week, 186 members of the Northeastern University community will travel to 15 communities across the U.S. and four other countries for Alternative Spring Break—a weeklong immersive living and volunteering experience. Participants engage in direct service projects that address critical, social needs such as affordable housing, disaster relief, and youth education.
This year’s service projects include converting single-path equestrian trails from to multi-use, sustainable trails with the American Hiking Society in Virginia; the removal and control of invasive species with the Nature Conservatory in Oregon; developing and improving infrastructure at a teaching center on the Plenitud farm in Puerto Rico; and addressing community needs in Ecuador with the Tandana Foundation.
Brenna Priest, BHS’16, and Mirasol Quintanilla, DMSB’17, will lead a team of 12 at the Peaceable Kingdom Retreat for Children in Killeen, Texas. The organization was established in 1984 as a fishing day retreat for chronically ill children and today offers weeklong retreats throughout the year for more than 5,000 children with chronic illnesses, as well as their families and their treatment providers. Its goal is to provide an authentic, fun day camp experience for children with special needs.