Beautifying Vero’s Public Lands

Community Partner: IRC Conservation

Vero Beach, FL​

Jan. 18, 2020 – Jan. 20, 2020

Coordinators: Eric Roth

Social Issue: Environmental Awareness

For this trip, we will be going to Vero Beach, FL in collaboration with IRC Conservation, to volunteer and learn firsthand about environmental activism in coastal Florida. We will be volunteering with IRC Conservation, an organization which manages all public lands in Indian River County, Florida. We will be performing a variety of different duties based on what projects are most critical at the time of our trip.

Promoting Health and Dignity in At-Risk Communities

Atlanta Harm Reduction Coalition

Atlanta, Georgia

Mar. 8th, 2020 – Mar. 14th, 2020

Coordinator: Alyssa Heiden

Social Issue: Health

For this trip we will be traveling to Atlanta, Georgia to help with harm reduction. We will be working with Atlanta Harm Reduction Coalition. Our projects will include community outreach, community cleanups, and serving food to the community. We will also spend Friday, our free day, to explore Atlanta and will most likely go to the Martin Luther King museum.

Education, Coffee, and Community


Sarapiqui, Costa Rica

Mar. 8th, 2020 – Mar. 14th, 2020

Coordinators: Chris Feltner & Angeliki Papari-Kosiori

Social Issues: Education and Environment

Students will be traveling to Sarapiqui, Costa Rica to work with rural schools, directly serving the needs of students. We will be completing projects (painting, gardening, assisting etc.) in a local school and we will also paint the San Miguel Community Center. We will learn about the impact of climate change in Costa Rica and will bring into our reflections the influence of global economy and economic justice in this country. Lastly, we will spend Friday as our free day to explore and learn the story and process of Costa Rican coffee, the importance of sustainable farms as well as visit zero-waste artisans around the neighborhood of Sarapiqui.

Beautifying and restoring the Streets of New Orleans

NetWork New Orleans

New Orleans, Louisiana

Mar. 8th, 2020 – Mar. 14th, 2020

Coordinator: Danielle Mapp

Social Issue: Humanitarian Relief

This trip is only for students in the Lead Scholars Academy. Students will be beautifying and restoring the streets of New Orleans. We will be working with NetWork New Orleans Volunteers which connects volunteers to a variety of social issues and projects around the world. We will be partnering with local communities to support continued revitalization and improve neighborhoods. Our service projects include park beautification and planting, community center beautification, neighborhood canvassing and surveying, and home rebuilding and construction. We will also have a free day where we will be exploring the rich Louisiana culture and history.

Eco-Adventure and Marine Debris Removal


Florida Keys, Florida

Mar. 8th, 2020 – Mar. 14th, 2020

Coordinator: Eric Roth

Social Issue: Environmental Awareness

ABP will be partnering with the UCF Outdoor Adventure Center for a week-long trip throughout the Florida Keys and Dry Tortugas National Park! This trip will have a few differences than other ABP trips due to this partnership. Volunteers will spend two days of our trip volunteering with Team OCEAN at the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary doing marine debris cleanup. The rest of this trip will be activities facilitated by Outdoor Adventure, like kayaking, snorkeling, and exploring Dry Tortugas. Accommodations will be tent camping, and sign-ups will be hosted through Outdoor Adventure! Sign up here:

Supporting the Homeless and Building Relationships

Community Partners: SafeHouse Outreach/International Rescue Committee/Gateway Center

Atlanta, GA

Dec. 12, 2019 – Dec. 18, 2019

Coordinator: Christopher Feltner

Social Issues: Homelessness & Refugee Resettlement

Students will provide assistance to Safehouse Outreach, a homelessness support organization in Atlanta, GA. The organization develops relationships with members of the homeless population to build trust and give resources to individuals with the goal of aiding them to move off of the street.

Let’s Serve New Orleans

Community Partner: Network New Orleans

New Orleans. LA,

Dec. 12, 2019 – Dec. 18, 2019

Coordinator: Natalya Reid

Social Issues: Homelessness & Food Access

For this trip we will be traveling to New Orleans, Louisiana to help combat homelessness. We will be working with NetWork New Orleans Volunteers. Our projects will include home rebuilding, assisting local homeless shelters, and serving food to the homeless. We will also spend Sunday as our free day to explore the rich Louisiana culture.

Bridging Independence: Working with Different Abilities in Tallahassee

Community Partner: Ability 1st

Tallahesse, FL ​

Dec. 12, 2019 – Dec. 18, 2019

Coordinator: Danielle Mapp & Chelsey Ameda

Social Issue: Different Abilities

Ability 1st offers support services, advocacy and information to empower people with disabilities to live independently. We will be building accessibility ramps and assisting with group activities.

Water for Knowledge and Soil for Experience: Disaster Relief for Puerto Rico

Community Partner: All Hands and Hearts

Yabucoa, Puerto Rico​

Dec. 29, 2019 – Jan. 4, 2020

Coordinators: Angeliki Papari-Kosiori & Alyssa Heiden

Social Issue: Disaster Relief

We will be travelling to Yabucoa municipality and staying in the Martorell neighborhood. Our team will focus on roof repair of flat, one-story cement roofs, critical repair of windows and doors to guard against the elements and mold sanitization. The volunteers will be provided with 3 meals a day for 5 days and we will also have a free activity day on New Years. Meals are not provided during free days but the school building that will accomodate us has a refrigerator and a small kitchen where we can store our own food.

There are no Veteran’s weekend trips for the 2019-2020 year.