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Alternative Break Experiences (ABE)

What is ABE?

ABE is an ecumenical program offered through CSB Campus Ministry that provides meaningful, service-oriented trips, both nationally and internationally. We firmly believe that exposure to other cultures, places, and ways of life will enhance the lives and perspectives of trip participants. We differ from mission trips in that our purpose is not to spread the Word of the Lord, but rather to learn about the issues each community faces and attend to the needs of the community through service.  We strive to provide quality experiences that will complement academic experiences and inspire hearts.


2015-2016 Peru Group

"I learned a lot about myself, experienced a wonderful and different way of life, became friends with the other students, and felt like we made a meaningful contribution to the community."

-Ecuador Co-Leader, 2016

 2016-2017 Theme

"What is the mark of love for your neighbor?

Not to seek what is for your own benefit,

but what is for the benefit of the one loved,

both in body and in soul."

- St. Basil the Great


 Alternative Break Experience Campus Ministers

Emeline Brudwick, Martha Koenig, Carley Castellanos, Briana Ziemer, Claire Baker


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ABE Information

ABE aims to:

  • raise awareness of social issues and injustices
  • encourage reflection and questioning
  • move towards integrating justice and service into life
  • encourage a polycentric world view
  • encourage both individual and shared leadership
  • integrate faith into the fabric of the experience
  • approach the trips as a partnership with other people
  • foster respect and community among the participants
  • provide a fun, safe and challenging break experience

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