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AXB (formerly Alternative Spring Break) offers Alternative Break Experiences for students over Fall Break, Winter Break, and Spring Break. With AXB, students participate in once-in-a-lifetime service opportunities while being exposed to a diverse world beyond the Hill.

AXB has offered trips building homes in rural communities in Virginia and South Carolina with Habitat For Humanity, tutoring inner-city youth in Baltimore and Philadelphia, or maintaining beautiful nature trails in Tennessee and Kentucky. This year, we are pleased to offer new Alternative Break Experiences: a trip to the Double H Ranch in the Adirondacks which offers services to children with life-threatening illnesses and their families, as well as a hurricane relief trip to Jacksonville, FL.

Each trip consists of up to 12 students and the trips are led by 2 student leaders. AXB provides students the opportunity to meet new friends and explore new places while helping others. Each spring break trip gets a day off to explore the area they are serving, having the opportunity to do fun things such as explore Mammoth Caves in Kentucky and duckpin bowling in Baltimore. The students are housed in churches, camps and refugee centers.  Anyone is welcome to participate in AXB and full scholarship is available to those who demonstrate need!

AXB has now evolved into its own student organization with an executive board that runs the program with Hamilton’s COOP. Maddie Roehl ’18 said, “my ASB trips have always been the highlight of my spring semesters here at Hamilton. I loved specifically working with Habitat for Humanity!”

AXB offers week long trips and a shorter trip over fall break. The winter break trip is 9 days, spring break trips are 7 days, and the fall break trip is 4 days.

For more information please contact:

Maddy Totman mtotman@hamilton.edu or asb@hamilton.edu

History of AXB:

Hamilton’s AXB program was initially sponsored by the Hamilton Association for Volunteering, Outreach and Charity (HAVOC), a student-run organization that provides community service in Oneida County. The Alternative Spring Break program was started in 1993 when 20 students traveled to Miami to work on Hurricane Andrew relief with Habitat for Humanity. In subsequent years, the number of participants has steadily increased.

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