Northern Illinois University's Huskie Alternative Breaks (HAB) program 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. HAB strives to raise awareness and educate students about social issues by providing an opportunity for alternative breaks that will inspire them to become active members of society and leaders in their communities.
This unique service program at NIU provides students and faculty the opportunity to evaluate current social issues and seek ways to continually change the world.
An alternative break is a trip where a group of college students engage in volunteer service, typically for a week. 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.
Participants have the opportunity to:
• Meet other NIU students who are interested in service
• Learn about cultural and social issues while doing service
• Make new connections across the country
• Build relationships
• Grow, learn, and change your point of view
• Travel without spending a lot of money
• Create social change
*This fundraiser is no longer available for any new applicants. The trainings for the 2013-2014 year have already been completed and the Convocation Center can no longer train new volunteers.