USC Hillel’s Alternative Spring Break (ASB) is a service-based, 8-10 day trip where students participate in a variety of volunteer projects in areas of need. Adhering to the core Jewish value of Tzedek (social justice), ASB challenges students to examine the ways that they can personally serve the global community.
In most recent years, students have participated in ASB with all three Latin American Hillel communities. In spring of 2009, we traveled to the striking city of Montevideo, Uruguay where our work revolved around the non-Jewish community and worked with an an NGO called “Un Techo Para Mi Pais” (a roof for my country) by building homes for people living in favelas (slums) See our YouTube from our work there below. Spring 2010 we ventured off to the exotic city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil where we spent a week renovating a sports center for at risk children within a favela. A highlight of that trip was that we were featured on their local news station in an effort to create more public awareness. And in Spring 2011, we explored the wonderous city of Buenos Aires, Argentina where we visited many Jewish social service programs. Staying in touch with family and friends was easy because we had a blog!
For more information, please contact Shira Moldoff .