Skip to main content

Learning and Growing: APPLES Alternative Spring Break 2020

Written by Serah Lee ‘20 On this year’s spring break, before the travel restrictions and stay-at-home orders for COVID-19, 50 Carolina students took advantage of their vacation time to participate in APPLES Alternative Spring Breaks. Participants chose from among five … Continued

The team of volunteers helped to build a home.

APPLES Alternative Winter Break 2019

Written by Serah Lee ’20 What do the holidays mean for you? Does it mean adhering to old family traditions? Or perhaps, a chance to reconnect with hometown friends? For over 50 Carolina students, the winter holidays meant an opportunity … Continued

The APPLES Alternative Fall Break 2019 cohort focused on environmental issues

‘An eye-opening experience:’ Alternative Fall Break 2019

During fall break this October, a group of Carolina students drove to Nags Head, North Carolina—but not for a beach vacation. Instead, the group participated in service activities and toured a number of environmentally-oriented local organizations as part of an … Continued

Creating Community for Adolescents with Obesity

By Eve Elliott, APPLES Service-Learning summer fellow At 16, Faith Newsome had never known a time when she didn’t carry excess body weight. That year, as she prepared for bariatric weight loss surgery, she looked in vain for a community … Continued

SLI: Launch 2019

Launching into Service

Kirti Patel, a Carolina first-year from Rocky Mount, North Carolina, is sweating over a long wooden board. He’s trying to pull out a bent screw from what would otherwise be scrap wood, but in this context is recycled wood: destined … Continued

Carolina junior Abby Boettcher at her 2019 APPLES Service-Learning summer internship with Wake County Commissioner Matt Calabria

Shaping national issues on a local level

  The Wake County Commissioner internship featured in this story, along with four other APPLES Service-Learning summer internships with public officials, would not have been possible without the generous sponsorship of Jesse White, Ph.D, retired director of the Office of … Continued

Carolina senior Purshotam Aruwani at his desk in the N.C. Department of Public Safety, during his 2019 APPLES Service-Learning summer internship.

A summer in public safety

When Carolina senior Purshotam Aruwani started his policy and strategic planning summer internship in the North Carolina Department of Public Safety (DPS), he expected to have a traditional desk job, sitting at a computer all day. Instead, he found himself … Continued

‘This is my home:’ student gives back to Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill isn’t Daniel Bowen’s hometown, but it is his home. When the rising junior first arrived at Carolina from Florida, he knew this place was special. By Emilie Poplett, University Communications “I applied to colleges all over the country … Continued