What is HASB?
Honors Alternative Spring Break (HASB) is a program within the University of Arizona Honors College that gives students the opportunity to engage in service-learning during our spring break. In HASB, we travel to a community, where we work with a partner organization to accomplish specific goals and improve the local area. Many students from past trips have commented that the experience is rewarding, eye-opening, even life-altering - one past trip leader was inspired to change their major to try to help Native American tribes like the White Mountain Apache retain their independence. Students have become lawyers, doctors, health care workers, social workers, environmental scientists and most importantly life long volunteers. To keep these trips accessible to students, we fundraise.
The Whiteriver 2018 crew sowing spinach seeds alongside Native American farm leader Clayton.
Did you know that volunteering is a privilege? Many students are unable to volunteer because they do not have the financial access to miss work or the ability to save for a trip such as this. The W.A. Franke College and generous donors contribute to these trips, but your donation will ensure that every HASB student can attend the trip.
Where are we serving?
This March, we will be traveling across Arizona to focus on social issues that impact Arizona and the borderlands.
Learn more about each trip and social issue they will be addressing:
Whiteriver, AZ - Food Sovereignty and Indigenous Cultures: Students explore Arizona's beautiful mountains while at work within an Apache community. Centered on education, sustainability and food sovereignty, this unique experience directly connects students with life on an Apache reservation. In addition, we will learn more about the disparities that exist on the reservation and the issues that come with indigenous sovereignty by meeting with community leaders from the local hospital and police station. Watch this video to learn more.
Tucson, AZ- Poverty, Race and Public Health: Tucson is a vast and vibrant city, but one that many students don't explore. Through this local trip, students will directly serve the Tucson community and will get to know their city. This year, the trip will also consider how race place a role in local social issues. Watch this video to learn more.
Nogales, AZ/Nogales, Mexico- Immigration and Policy: In addition to getting to know Southern Arizona, the Nogales trip provides a first-hand look into the U.S.-Mexico border issues. On this trip, participants encounter multiple perspectives on how the immigration debate is affecting individuals, families and communities. Watch this video to learn more.
Thank you for your donation! Your contribution helps us help others. Check-in with us after the trip to learn about everything we accomplished!