AB Participant of the Week: November 7

Meet Vivek Panchananam!

Year: Junior

Major: Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology with a minor in Philosophy


We asked Vivek to answer some questions for us about why he decided to participate in Alternative Breaks and what he loves most about it. So here are his answers.

Which Alternative Break(s) have you previously participated in?
I went to the Des Moines, Iowa to volunteer at the Iowa Homeless Youth Center

What is your favorite thing about Alternative Breaks?
This organization allows for the opportunity to travel and make an impact in other communities while allowing for volunteers to understanding how organizations in other areas work to solve community problems.

What was your favorite thing you learned from Alternative Breaks?
I learned that to effectively combat issues in a community, a variety of people need to come together to help solve the problem. Diversity amongst community
leaders and volunteers allows for diverse ways to solve problems in the community.

What is your favorite memory from Alternative Breaks?
Getting to meet some of the youth that all had very unique stories and preparing food for them.

What is a random fact about yourself?
I am from Overland Park, Kansas


If what Vivek has said makes you want to serve, learn, and grow with us, check out our Alternative Weekend Breaks on our website http://www.kuab.org/.