Engineers without Boarders-Penn State Student Chapter

Engineers Without Borders - Project - Service Trips

The Alternative Spring Break Trip is an annual trip taking place over Penn State's spring break. We coordinate with The Fuller Center for Housing and remodel or build houses for deserving families. This trip is designed to bring club members together while partaking in a fulfilling volunteer project. We travel to different regions of the country and put our handy-work skills to good use by making a difference in the lives of deserving people.

Committee Lead

Bri Basile



Justin Tenerowicz



2016 Trip: Louisiana and Georgia (The trips will start on March 5, 2016)

EWB has two Spring Break trips this year, and they are filling up fast! One is in Hammond, Louisiana, and the other is in Americus, Georgia.

Trip dates:  March 6th-12th, 2016

Pricing:  Not yet finalized, but most likely between $50 and $150 for the week (includes housing and most meals, though meals depend on location and how much groups choose to go out on the town).

A $20 deposit is due by the last EWB meeting before Thanksgiving (Monday, November 16th). Payments can be given to Mike Martenas or Steve Sheetz at any EWB Honduras or General Body Meeting.

In case you can't make the meetings or want to guarantee a spot on one of the trips, our Alternative Spring Break coordinators Mike's and Steve's contact info is below. Sign up now to reserve a spot!

Mike (Hammond):, (717) 468-8395

Steve (Americus):, (717) 342-9986

Also check our EWB Weekly Email Newsletters for updates! Make sure you sign up soon if you are interested in this wonderful opportunity!

2014 Trip: Louisiana and South Carolina

In spring break 2014, two groups of Penn State EWB students traveled to Louisiana and South Carolina to help communities in need.

Check out the Louisiana story here: Hammond, Louisiana

Check out the South Carolina story here: Spartanburg, South Carolina

2013 Trip: Louisiana and New Jersey

During Penn State's 2013 spring break, 39 EWBers partook in its first ever two locations Alternative Spring Break Trip! Seventeen EWBers went to Atlantic City, New Jersey to assist with the Hurricane Sandy clean-up while the remaining folks left to Hammond, Louisiana which was devastated by Hurricane Irene. Altogether, the group had fantastic experiences and created many lasting friendships.

2012 Trip: Georgia

Starting in 2012, seventeen EWBers made the fourteen hour drive to Lake Blackshear, Georgia where we finished the siding and roofing for soon-to-be homeowners of Walter and Robin. Meeting the to-be homeowners had an amazing impact on the group as we gained a broader perspective of life hardships.

2011 Trip: Louisiana

E W B in LouisianaE W B members working on a house in Louisiana

EWB team during 2011 spring break
service trip to southern Louisiana

During Spring break 2011, EWB-PSU went to southern Louisiana to help local families who are still recovering from the devastating hurricanes. They spent a week repairing and building houses for a local community. This year, EWB is partnering with the American Society of Mechanical Engineers student group to return to New Orleans for a second trip in March 2012.

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