Students at work in the garden during a PAST trip. P.A.S.T. offers the opportunity for students to both travel outside of Purchase, NY and serve in a community of need and help community members in need, right in their own backyard. The trip experience will be one of personal growth and connections with fellow students and community members.

Participation in a trip requires commitment and dedication from those involved in order for participants to truly gain from the experience. Trip participants are expected to attend at least two trip meetings prior to the trip. Two student site leaders and staff advisors will accompany students on the trip to guide the group as well as coordinate all trip related events and meetings.

An alternative break is a unique experience that allows participants to immerse themselves in a different culture while performing meaningful community service. As a result, at no time will the Purchase Alternative Break program tolerate drinking, alcohol use, or illegal drug use during the trip. Violation of this policy will result in termination from the program and participants will be sent home at his/her own expense.