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.

AXB has now evolved into its own student organization with an executive board that runs the program with Hamilton’s COOP. The students are housed in churches, camps and refugee centers. 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!”

Contact AXB Director, Sabrina Gattine ’18 at sgattine@hamilton.edu for more information.

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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