Alternative Service Trips
The Purchase Alternative Service Trip (P.A.S.T.) program develops a commitment to service by providing a unique experience where growth of personal character and a connection between students and community members are cultivated through service to communities of need.
By traveling during the academic breaks we hope to accomplish this mission.
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.
2020 Site Locations & Trip Information:
We are still developing this year’s service program with community partners and information will be forthcoming on the announcement of our 2020 Site Locations and Trip Information.
Location: Parismina, Costa Rica
Dates: May 17-23, 2020
Site Work: Conservation work
Partnerships: Amigos de las Américas & Asociación Salvemos las Tortugas de Parismina - ASTOP
Academic Internship Credit: Selected participants, sophomores and above, may be eligible for 2 academic internship credits through completion of the trip as well as active participation and attendance at all required trip meetings. These credits are coordinated through the Career Development Center.
Students who are interested and wish to apply to the 2020 P.A.S.T trip, must attend an in person information session. The following information sessions are being offered:
- Friday, February 14: Humanities 1032 at 3:00-4:00pm
- Wednesday, February 19: Humanities 2047 at 2:00-3:00pm
- Thursday, February 20: Student Services Building Red Room at 11:00-12:00pm
- Monday, February 24: Social Sciences Building 1001 at 5:00-6:00pm
No additional information sessions will be added.
Application: Applications will be provided to only those students who attend the information sessions.
All details and information for the PAST Trip will be reviewed at the in person information sessions.
Previous site locations:
Spring 2019: San Juan, Puerto Rico
Spring 2018: Houston, TX
Spring 2017: Cartagena, Columbia
Spring 2016: Food & Friends and Martha’s Table, Washington DC
Spring 2015: Cradles to Crayons and Mission Greenhouse, Philadelphia, PA
Winter 2015: Second Harvest and Hands On New Orleans, New Orleans, LA
Winter 2014: Project Lazarus, New Orleans, LA
Spring 2013: Occupy Sandy, Brooklyn, NY
Winter 2013: Escuela Hogar, Monte Plata, Dominican Republic
Spring 2012: Urban Tree Connection, Philadelphia, PA
Winter 2012: Project Lazarus, New Orleans, LA