Students Reflect on Spring-Break Service Trips

A moment during the Alternative Spring Break trip to Philadelphia

All 80 students who went on one of Bowdoin’s seven Alternative Spring Break trips this March gathered recently for dinner in Daggett Lounge to share their stories and reflections.

Bowdoin’s ASB program, which began with a trip to Peru in 2002, offers students an opportunity to spend spring break engaging in service projects across the country and abroad. Students interested in leading a group propose a trip a year of ahead of time and spend the following fall preparing for and learning about the area they plan to visit.

This spring break, groups traveled to rural Mississippi, Maine and Florida, as well as urban centers in Atlanta, New York City, Philadelphia and Guatemala City. They worked on a range of social issues, including homelessness, education and refugee relocation.

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