Alternative Spring Break 2017 – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \
The HWS Update

Alternative Spring Break 2017

Laura Alexander '14 reads in front of the bookstore in the afternoon.For its 17th year, the Alternative Spring Break (ASB) program will offer HWS students an opportunity to give back to communities throughout the northeast. Coordinated through the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning (CCESL), 22 students will travel off campus March 11-19 to participate in community projects, work together, and collectively provide service at Mariam Boyd Elementary School in Warrenton, N.C., Pocahontas State Park in Chesterfield, Va., and the Rural and Migrant Ministry in Lyons, N.Y.

At the Mariam Boyd Elementary School, 10 volunteers will provide one-on-one tutoring, group reading and math sessions, and assist teachers in the classroom. Students will also work in an afterschool program at the Norlina Methodist Church where they will prepare crafts and activities for local students. Last year, Natalie Bishop ’18, who traveled to the Mariam Boyd Elementary School, deemed the Alternative Spring Break Trip as “an absolutely incredible experience. Not only was I able to work and make connections with kids in my elementary classroom, but I was able to become friends with remarkable students from Hobart and William Colleges.”

At Pocahontas State Park, nine students will spend a week building bridges, installing drainage pipes, clearing land and trails, and removing and building fishing piers. Joshua Martin ’18 believed that the Alternative Spring Break program was “not only a great service trip, but a great opportunity for me to become friends with students I probably would not have interacted with on campus.”

Three students will perform service work closer to home at the Rural & Migrant Ministry. The non-profit group’s emphasis on immigration issues and the dynamics of food production will allow students to learn about the working conditions of migrant farm workers by meeting with workers from South and Central American countries.

To apply to attend an Alternative Spring Break trip visit:

For more information contact CCESL at (315)-781-3825 or