Expand Your Awareness with a FAB Trip!
written by Stephanie Barahona, Brown Center for Leadership and Service Ambassador
The Brown Center for Leadership and Service is filled with countless opportunities to get involved by serving locally, domestically or globally. From 4-hour service trips to year-long commitments, the BCLS has a wide range of activities and programs that any student is able to participate in. The only requirement is to be passionate about community change and have a drive for continuous leadership development. With so many programs and ways to get involved with the BCLS, here’s a series of first-hand anecdotes, personal stories, and individual opinions to help you identify your values and strengths and find your fit!
Are you looking for an interactive, exciting way to spend your weekends?
Want to create positive change with a community during your breaks?
Interested in creating meaningful experiences while interacting with individuals from diverse backgrounds?
Then, Florida Alternative Breaks is the program for you!
Florida Alternative Breaks (FAB) sends students out to diverse communities across the country and around the world to engage in service based on a social issue. Past trips have explored a variety of issues including environmental preservation, animal welfare, and children with disabilities.
Alan Alvarez, a BCLS Ambassador, had the opportunity to go on one of two 2017 MLK Weekend FAB trips. He got a glimpse of the everyday lives of farmworkers. He traveled with 13 other students and two site leaders to Pierson, FL, the “Fern Capital of the World.” While on his trip, Alan and the other trip participants worked with Farm Worker’s Association of Florida, Hope Community Center. He got his hands dirty working in the field alongside community members, which fostered a connection with locals. On the last day of the trip, Alan and the volunteers planted vegetables and learned about the programs Hope Community Center set up to protect the farmworkers’ rights.
When asked what he learned from the experience, he answered, “our farmworkers aren’t treated fairly by the government, and without them, our economy would completely collapse since they supply so much of the food we rely on.” One of the key highlights from his weekend was when the group visited one of the work sites and saw small children waiting in a car for their parents to get off work. Like many farmworkers, the parents cannot afford childcare. Alan recommends FAB trips to anyone interested in expanding their awareness and understanding of issues that affect people on an everyday basis.
Florida Alternative Breaks still has open spots for their Spring Break week or weekends, but spots are filling up fast! Stop by the BCLS office on the Level 2 of the Reitz Union for more information.
If you have any questions about FAB or the trips in general, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also, you can check out FAB’s Facebook page with the link attached: https://www.facebook.com/FloridaAlternativeBreaks/