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Alternative Break Service Trips

  •  Alternative Break Trips

    Gannon’s Center for Social Concerns has turned 30, and you’re invited to their year-long 30th birthday party! Alumni - check your email for information.

    30 Center for Social Concerns Founded in 1988Through our Alternative Break Service Trip (ABST) program, student leaders design and facilitate experiences for their peers based on four pillars of service, simplicity, community and reflection. These immersions focus on broadening participants' worldviews and fostering global citizenship, through service and relationship-building with neighbors across our human family. Rooted in Catholic Social Teaching, all ABSTs seek to create intentionally inclusive, diverse community through their group formation and trip experiences. ABSTs are co-curricular, student-led, and accompanied by trained faculty and staff from all divisions of the Gannon University family.

    In 2019-20, The Center for Social Concerns is sponsoring 14 ABSTs, which will send 120+ students and 28+ faculty/staff across our neighborhood, country, and global communities. This year's domestic locations and programs include:

    • Detroit, MI with Earthworks Urban Farm and the Capuchin Soup Kitchen, focusing on food security, sustainable food systems, urban agriculture, racial and economic justice. Read more about their trip here.
    • Erie, PA with the Our West Bayfront neighborhoods, focusing on exploring history, current revitalization, and future promise in our own neighborhood surrounding Gannon's campus.
    • Habitat for Humanity Collegiate Challenge trip, at a site in the United States that student leaders choose on a yearly basis. Read more about their trip here.
    • Ruskin, FL, focusing on working with victims and survivors of human trafficking, domestic violence, and/or other types of abuse or trafficking. Read more about their trip here.
    • Washington, D.C., with the Father McKenna Center, focusing on charity, justice, and advocacy in response to homelessness.  Read more about their trip here.
    • Kino, Arizona and Nogales, Mexico with Catholic Community Services, focusing on caring for migrants and the communities in which they find themselves.

    International locations and programs include:

    • Merida, Mexico at the Misión de Amistad, focusing on community and economic development and access to health care and education for youth and girls. Read more about their trip here.
    • Queretaro, Mexico with L'Arche Mexico, focusing on sharing life and supporting human dignity with people who have disabilities. Read more about their trip here.
    • San Lucas, Guatemala at the San Lucas Mission, focusing on community and economic development, and cross-cultural exchange with indigenous communities. Read more about their trip here.
    • Fond Tortue, Haiti, exploring economic and environmental impacts of fair trade coffee production in partnership with Just Haiti and Catholic Relief Services. Read more about their trip here. Please note that recent unrest means that this group will instead be travelling to Guatemala, but still learning about coffee growing. We will be continuing our relationship with our Haitian community partner and ask that you keep the country in your prayers. 
    • Ontario, Canada with L'Arche communities, focusing on dignity for and community-building with individuals with and without disabilities. Read more about their trip here.
    • Quito, Ecuador, with Nido de Vidas, focusing on sustainable farming, economic change, and reforestation.