The 2013-2014 academic year is Alternative Breaks’ 13th year in existence at Xavier. The club was started in 2000 by Xavier sophomore Amanda Corzine. In Xavier University Alternative Breaks’ first year, there were only three trips that were all domestic: Baltimore, West Virginia, and New York City. Over the past eleven years, Xavier’s Program has grown from three impromptu-organized trips to the wide variety of locations and issues offered this year. We now work in communities as close as our hometown of Cincinnati and as far away as San Salvador, El Salvador. Our membership includes over 260 students and 25 faculty and staff members and utilizes a budget of around $200,000. XUAB plans to send 23 trips for the 2013-2014 year. To accommodate this huge growth, AB is now run and organized by a board consisting of 13 students and a faculty advisor. The board does everything from planning trips and training site leaders to organizing fundraising opportunities and special events on campus. Students on board volunteer to work throughout the entire year, including summer months, to ensure that trips are successful and meaningful for Xavier participants.
Xavier University’s Alternative Breaks Club envisions a worldwide community of active citizens living in solidarity, perpetuating dignity and justice in their daily choices.
Xavier University’s Alternative Breaks Club empowers and challenges all involved to understand his or her relationship with the global community through direct service, education, and reflection, while encouraging personal growth, social awareness, and active citizenship.