Want to change the world?

Huskie Alternative Breaks logoHuskie Alternative Breaks (HAB) will offer NIU students the chance to participate in eight alternative break trips throughout the 2015-2016 school year.

An alternative break is a service-learning trip where a group of college students engage in volunteer service. These break trips occur on weekends, during the university’s winter and spring breaks and during May interim (international trips).

Alternative break trips allows students to engage in hands-on service experience, learn about social issues and create life-long memories and friendships.

This year’s trips focus on social issues including education, female youth empowerment, civil rights, sustainable living, dignity for the undocumented, poverty in developing nations and homelessness. Students learn about the social issues through training beforehand and then perform projects with non-profit organizations based on the social issue during that break trip.

HAB will offer its first Undergraduate and Graduate International Alternative Break Trips in 2016.

Students who want to learn more about HAB, including costs, fundraising opportunities and requirements associated with this year’s trips, should attend one of three 30-minute sessions being held in Room 100 of the Campus Life Building (CLB) this month:

  • Wednesday, Sept. 9, 3 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Sept. 15, 11 a.m.
  • Thursday, Sept. 24, 5 p.m.

Applications are available online at the front desk of the Student Involvement & Leadership Development office (Room 150 of the Campus Life Building) beginning Friday, Sept. 4, and are due Friday, Oct. 9.

For more information, call (815) 753-6595 or email HAB@niu.edu.

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