A random ball pit is set up in the middle of a city
And this is what happens as people approach it.
You can never really understand it until you actually participate, but traveling on an Alternative Breaks trip almost has a bit of a magical feel to it. You create such strong, life-long bonds with your group members; you get to do important work in a community that really needs your help; you have to opportunity to meet and learn from the members of that community; and so many other amazing opportunities. It is really an experience that can shape your life if you allow it to.
These 11 people here, they helped create one of the best experiences of my life this week. We spent a week of our spring break volunteering in an impoverished community in West Virginia. We got to learn so many new skills, and meet so many incredible new people in the community. It is almost impossible to put down on paper how I feel about this trip, and how amazingly grateful I am that I had the privilege to lead this wonderful group on this trip for the past week. Our group has surpassed a level of strict friendship, we are like our own little family now, and it is amazing to see how a trip like this can pull a group together so significantly. I could not have asked for a better way to spend the beginning of my break than with these completely amazing people!
We have been back in Maine for maybe 24 hours and I am already having withdrawals from my group. AB SALS,West Virginia 2012-2013 <3
Something I could probably serve to remember from time to time
So this thing is happening to me where I am so stressed out about one of my exams that I literally can not bring myself to study for it. This passes my normal level of procrastination…like I am painfully aware of the fact that I really need to study for it, but every time I start to, I just get so overwhelmed I have to like immediately stop and take a break