BG Alternative Breaks (bGAB) is a student-led program within the Center for Public Impact 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 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 502 students on 41 trips, dedicating 12,569 hours of direct service to community partners.
bGAB is raising funds for our upcoming winter break trips in December and January to lower the total cost of the trip for students. 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.
Check Out Our Spring 2020 Trips!:
Building Alliances through Urban Farming; Focus: Urban Poverty & Food Insecurity in Chicago, IL
For many low-income communities, good jobs and healthy food are in short supply. Participants will work with Heartland Alliance's Chicago Farmworks Program, which grows and distributes local produce to those who need it while supporting people overcoming barriers to employment.
Living Off the Grid: Sustaining the Earth; Focus: Sustainability and Environmental Stewardship in rural Boone, NC
Woodland Harvest Mountain Farm is a farmstead that focuses on growing and sustaining all of its own food and energy located in the Appalachian Mountains. Participants will connect with nature and explore how environmental stewardship strengthens communities.
The Role of Dignity in Healthcare; Focus: Physical and Mental Health in Atlanta, GA
A vital component of providing healthcare is ensuring an environment of care, dignity, and respect for all involved. Participants will work with community partners in Atlanta that provide mental and physical health services and education to senior citizens and those facing housing insecurity.
National Park Conservation and Beautification; Focus: Conservation in Mammoth Cave, KY
Mammoth Cave National Park preserves the world's longest known cave system and a part of the Green River valley and hilly country of south-central Kentucky. Participants will learn about conservation efforts by engaging in trail maintenance and plant control.