BG Alternative Breaks (bGAB) is a student-led program within the Center for Community and Civic Engagement that prepares groups of students to collaborate with communities experiencing social injustices by learning about, providing direct service for, and reflecting on a specific social issue. bGAB provides students the opportunity to immerse themselves in a culture of service and allows students to a create positive change on trips during fall and spring breaks. Since 2013, when bGAB was founded by Maddi Georgoff '15, the program has sent out 381 students on 31 trips, dedicating 9,709 hours of direct service to community partners.
bGAB is raising funds for our upcoming winter break trips this January to lower the total cost of the trip. bGAB believes that every student should have the opportunity to participate in an alternative break experience no matter their financial situation. With your support, bGAB can continue to provide these immersive and impactful opportunities while empowering all students to become active global citizens. These will be our first winter break trips, as Winter Session is new to BGSU.
Check Out Our Winter Break 2019 Trips:
St. Bernard Project - New Orleans, LA
In 2006, Hurricane Katrina flooded 80 percent of New Orleans and displaced hundreds of thousands of families. Thirteen years later, thousands of homes are still waiting to be rebuilt. Participants will assist in the long-term recovery efforts to bring families back to the New Orleans community. This will be bGAB's first flying trip.
International Rescue Committee – Richmond, VA
On this trip, we will join the International Rescue Committee (IRC) in their resettlement efforts to help refugees whose lives and livelihoods have been shattered by conflict and disaster. Participants will help them to recover and regain control of their futures. This is the third year that bGAB has partnered with the IRC.