What’s an Alternative Fall Break?
Hi Tar Heels!
This week, we’ll be focusing some on what our peers are/have been up to for fall break! Today, we’re looking at what we at Carolina call AFB or “alternative fall break” trips.
That’s right: You can do more than go home or on a family trip for fall break – you can learn and serve other communities with APPLES, a service-learning program led by UNC-Chapel Hill students.
APPLES, which stands for Assisting People in Planning Learning Experiences in Service, offers alternative fall break service trips in seven different focus areas: urban communities, Latinx communities, rural communities, environmental issues, arts in public service, hunger and homelessness, and refugee communities.
I spoke to a friend of mine, Mikeala Roberson, who went on an AFB trip with APPLES last year – here’s what she had to say.
Mikeala Roberson is a junior from Clinton, North Carolina, and is studying Global Studies at Carolina.
How did you find out about the Alternative Fall Break in the first place?
I found out just by posters around campus advertising the break, and I also saw pubs in a few GroupMe chats that I was a part of.
Why did you end up choosing it?
I chose to do it because I did not want to go home, sit around and do nothing for five days. Plus, I love to travel and go to new places, so I thought this was the perfect opportunity for me.
Which focus area did you choose?
I chose the arts in public service. We went to Asheville! I chose it because I have always loved every type of art, but I don’t get to indulge in art as much as I’d like to since I started college.
What’s one of your favorite memories from the trip?
One of my favorite memories was renovating a puppet studio and seeing the owner’s face when we were done with our project. She was so excited and very thankful, which was a heartwarming experience for everyone I think!
What do you feel you gained from the trip as a person?
I gained more of an appreciation for art, which I didn’t think was possible since I loved art so much already. Being a part of the behind-the-scenes work for different forms of art gave me a new perspective on how I look at and approach art now.
Overall, how did you feel it and what were your feelings on it looking back?
I loved the trip! It was amazing and felt so fulfilling. I had a great time and I wish I could do another alternative break!