Alternative Break

Getting Into the Outdoors by Getting Out of Their Comfort Zone

This spring, as many were packing bags for a week of partying at the beach, more than 130 college students were packing their bags for a different kind of vacation – an Alternative Break.  In response to the growing interest in altruist alternatives to the traditional spring break, American Hiking’s Alternative Break Program offers college…

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Fundraise for Trails = Earn Sweet Gear!

Do you want to make an even bigger impact on trails beyond participating in an Alternative Break?  Do you have friends and family that want to support your volunteer efforts but don’t know the best way?  Do you want to earn some sweet outdoor SWAG to use on future adventures?! We are providing our dedicated college trail stewards…

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Summer of Service

With rising temperatures, leaves in full green splendor, and built up energy from a winter spent indoors, summer is an amazing time to get outdoors and enjoy the trail.  While your first idea might be to head to the beach or relax around the neighborhood pool, we encourage you to consider spending time this summer doing…

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Spring into a Service Adventure

There’s no better way to create your own sunshine and chase those winter blues away than on a Volunteer Vacation this Spring. Get out in nature, enjoy campfire camaraderie, make new friends, and give back to the trails you love as you celebrate the season. Here are just a few of the exciting opportunities volunteers…

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An Altruistic Alternative for Spring Break

September 29, 2016 – A leader in volunteer tourism, American Hiking Society is inspiring the next generation of environmental stewards and offering millennials impactful, adventure-filled volunteer opportunities for their next spring break. Their just-released 2017 Alternative Break trip schedule is chock-full of service vacations geared specifically towards college student groups and young professionals interested in…

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Spring Break on the Trail

Many think of spring break as a deserved respite from hard work- a week to relax, take a vacation, or catch up on errands and school work.  This is not the mindset of the dedicated trail stewards that spent their spring break giving back to trails and public lands through American Hiking Society’s Alternative Break…

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Day-in-the-Life of an Alternative Breaker

Until she helped lug a truckload of 4-by-8s down a disused riding trail, Jenni Herrick never realized just how far 0.2 miles can be. Herrick, GWC’s assistant dean of students and director of the Office of Student Success, recently accompanied a group of six students on a weeklong alternative spring break to Virginia’s James River…

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