Published: March 03, 2008
A group of 15 University of Tampa students will travel to New Orleans
next week for what is billed as an alternative to the “traditional”
The group, accompanied by a staff advisor,
will work March 9-15 in cooperation with two nonprofit groups to assist
with Hurricane Katrina rebuilding efforts as part of the annual
“Alternative Spring Break” program.
Organized by the student group People Exploring Active Community Experience (
Alternative Spring Break is meant to engage students in charitable
volunteer work as they take a break from their regular academic
“It’s a way to get students to focus on giving back during that time,” said Carrie Collins, a PEACE coordinator.
Since 2001, the annual program has taken students to locations
throughout the southeastern U.S. to participate in various volunteer
projects. This year, students will work with the groups Rebuilding
Together and Operation Nehemiah to help rebuild homes that were damaged
or destroyed when Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast in 2005.
Last year’s group traveled to Meridian, MS, where they spent the week
constructing new homes for residents who had relocated there after
Students wanting to participate in Alternative Spring
Break apply during the fall semester for one of the 15 available spots.
An increased number of applications in recent years has led to talks of
expanding the program to include multiple alternative break projects,
“We’ve had so many students interested in it
that we’re talking about expanding the program,” Collins said. “We’re
just really proud and very excited that students want to go and be a
part of it.”
For more information on the Alternative Spring Break program, contact the PEACE Volunteer Center at (813) 253-6263 or e-mail