Honors Alternative Spring Break 19- San Diego, CA
Honors Alternative Spring Break (HASB) is a program run through the Honors College at the University of Arizona. The program gives 11 honors students the opportunity to travel outside of Tucson, to new communities where, through different partnerships, we work to accomplish service goals and develop our personal knowledge of not only the causes we are helping, but the communities we are working in. Such an experience provides first-hand experience in civic engagement for students and teaches trip participants different ways they can lead lives as responsible citizens.
This year, we are headed to San Diego, California, where we will work with organizations who focus on public health issues including homelessness and border issues. We will volunteer at different NGOs ranging from soup kitchens to refugee integration programs to help out members of the community who need it the most. Our goal is to not only to make a direct impact on the communities we are working with, but to gain the skills and understanding necessary to make a change at community and policy levels. We want to keep thinking of innovative ways to address the way we handle the socioeconomic issues of our time.
HASB is a remarkable experience that leaves each trip participant with unique memories and lessons they can apply in their everyday lives. Many Honors alumni have described their trips as rewarding, eye-opening and life-altering. Students who participated, frequently re-apply for HASB trips the following year as trip leaders, so that they may help facilitate the same amazing opportunity for other students.
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