Huskie Alternative Break site leader applications now available

Huskie Alternative Breaks logoDo you have a passion for service and leadership and love to travel?

Become a Huskie Alternative Breaks (HAB) site leader.

Northern Illinois University’s HAB program presents students with a non-traditional spring break opportunity where they can travel to perform service in another community.

Applications are available online and can be submitted by email at hab@niu.edu or turned into the Student Involvement & Leadership Development office in Room 150 of the Campus Life Building no later than 4 p.m. Thursday, April 23. Be sure to sign up for interview times during the week of Monday, April 27, to Friday, May 1.

Site leaders have the unique opportunity to help pick the social justice issues and project sites for their own trips. Site leaders also will gain valuable leadership, organization and team-building skills throughout their participation in Huskie Alternative Breaks as they prepare other participants for the trip.

An alternative break is a service-learning trip where a group of college students engage in volunteer service. Each trip has a focus on a particular social issue, such as (but not limited to) poverty, education reform, refugee resettlement and the environment. Students learn about the social issues and then perform week-long projects with non-profit organizations. These break trips occur during the spring break, weekends, winter break and May interim (international trips).

NIU Alternative Spring Break students work in Selma, Ala.
NIU Alternative Spring Break students work in Selma, Ala.

HAB has been sending students to participate in community service throughout the United States since its founding in 2009, when compassionate Huskies joined together to provide their assistance in the wake of Hurricane Ike in Galveston, Texas.

Since then, the program has dedicated itself to giving its participants a blend of direct volunteer service and exposure to the community, all while creating new and lasting friendships.

For more information, call (815) 753-6511 or email dmcdonald@niu.edu.

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