Every spring break, the MIT Club of Habitat for Humanity sends 10 MIT students on a trip to a Habitat affiliate somewhere in the United States.
In 2013, we went to Dade City, Florida, from Sunday, March 24, 2013 to Saturday, March 30, 2013. During the week, we built houses, enjoyed the warm weather, and had fun!
In 2012, we built in Melbourne, Florida, from Sunday, March 25, 2011 to Saturday, March 31, 2012. During the week, we participated in the Collegiate Challenge and worked at a local Habitat build site.
In 2011, we built in Birmingham, Alabama from Saturday, March 19, 2011 to Saturday, March 26, 2011.
In 2010, we built in Anderson County, Tennessee, from Saturday, March 20, 2010 to Saturday, March 27, 2010. During the week, we worked at various local Habitat build sites.
In 2008, we traveled to Bogalusa, Louisiana, an impoverished city north of New Orleans, where the median household income level is $19,261. We helped to complete Amanda Court, a cul-de-sac of six Habitat homes, as well as several other Habitat houses under construction. This trip is featured on MIT Tech TV: click here to see more!
In 2009, we worked with the Lake-Sumter Habitat affiliate in Eustis, Florida. We painted one of their thrift stores and nailed in roofing and rafters on several of their homes.
Spring break trip participants usually only pay for their airfare, as generous grants from the Public Service Center and the SAO have covered fees, van rentals, and food in the past. Spring break trip participants also raise money by conducting fundraisers on campus, such as the Green Building Stair-a-thon in February 2009.