Alternative Break in Roatan Honduras

Background: ​Ten years ago, Scott Fried, motivational speaker, HIV/AIDS educator, activist, and author, traveled to the island of Honduras on a holiday cruise. After a 6 hour excursion, Scott stumbled on the community of La Colonia in Roatan, Honduras, an extremely poor area lying 40 miles off the northern coast of Honduras. There, he discovered, 1 in 7 people lives with AIDS. After engaging with the locals and learning their stories, Scott vowed that he would go back to that community. In the winter of 2015, 8 Penn Staters joined Scott, in his 10th year of service, to help give back to the place that he fell in love with (read more about Scott’s work at

In 2016,  an additional 14 students joined Scott to continue work on the “Steps to Roatan” project which provides a means of travel to many residents of Roatan, Honduras. This year, and for many years to come, we hope to continue on the legacy of service in Roatan.

Roatan is an amazing community and by going on this “Steps to Roatan” trip, you will not only do amazing service, but meet a lot of friendly locals and also have a great spring break!

Quick Facts:


  • Roatan is a beautiful island in the Caribbean that is a popular tourist destination
  • Roatan is well known for having the second largest coral reef in the world
  • Honduras is Central America’s second poorest country
  • Roatan, being an island off the coast of the country struggles to gain access to resources and because of this is even more underdeveloped than the mainland

Trip Basics:


  • Student Trip leader: Adam Schwartz — (914) 715-6483 and email –
  • Trip Staff: Springboard Fellow – Innovation Specialist, Emma Kaplan, Hillel’s Social Justice Coordinator, Emily Kass, and Nationally Renowned Motivational Speaker and Jewish Life Educator, Scott Fried
  • Trip dates: March 3-10 2018 (Penn State University Spring Break)
  • Cost per Participant: TBD  (cost to change depending on grant money raised by Hillel and individuals. Includes housing, 3 meals a day, flights, & on-the-ground transportation in Roatan)
  • Lodging: TBD
  • Meals: all meals are included in the cost of the program (dietary restrictions can be accommodated for)

Program Highlights:


  • Cool down from a hard day of community service on the beautiful beach
  • Interactions with locals who are able to tell their life stories
  • Midweek excursion to experience the culture of the beautiful island
  • Multiple day-long site work opportunities for community improvement and development
  • Free choice nightly activities with new friends

Participant Requirements:


  • Passport
  • Must be capable and willing to perform  half day of hard manual labor and or other community needs such as painting projects
  • Must be willing to do individual fundraising
  • Provide a $250 deposit for trip upon acceptance

Check out last year’s recap video HEREFor more information, please email