Commitment, hope and restoration are what communities around the globe yearn for every day, every hour, every minute. Since 2008, Alternative Student Breaks (ASB) in Auburn University’s Center for Community Service has been a service-oriented program that is committed to restoring communities both domestically and internationally to impact people.
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Beginning in 2008 with just one trip, ASB has grown exponentially. This year, ASB plans to take 10 trips with Auburn students during academic breaks to serve in Savannah, Ga. with the elderly, Argile, Tx. at a special needs camp and the Dominican Republic to work directly with Haitian refugees, just to name a few.
Junior math education major Kylie Hastings, ASB’s assistant director of publicity, gives some insight to ASB’s core principles and the why and how behind the program. Hastings went on her first trip with ASB during her freshman year and never looked back.
“We take students to different sites and organizations that we work with to empower them to better their communities,” Hastings says.
Hastings says that she is thrilled with the growth of the program, and has been able to establish herself and gain her niche at Auburn through ASB.
“The program is where I’ve been able to establish myself and create my identity for the future,” she says. “This is my niche at Auburn. Being able to serve Auburn and people in the community is something I’m really passionate about.”
Like other students in the program, Hastings says that ASB has changed her life. It has affirmed her future plans of becoming a teacher, as she plans to give back to the community with her career. She also goes on to say how the Auburn family is impacting people in the area and around the globe.
“Everyone talks about when you come to Auburn, you are part of a family,” Hastings responds. “We try to embody that as an organization, domestically and internationally, and extend the Auburn family to those people. This means to impact them in a way that they know that Auburn students were there to help.”
Ultimately, ASB strives to fully embrace the Auburn family and to get students involved in the community. While the deadline to apply for fall trips has already passed, Hastings encourages students to apply for spring trips beginning Oct. 17. The application is fully online, complete with basic information, trip descriptions, prices and a few short-answer questions. The deadline to apply for spring trips is Nov. 4. For more information, visit https://fp.auburn.edu/studentaffairs/communityservice/AlternativeSt...