Applications for 2019/2020 are now closed. Questions can be directed to asb@carleton.ca

What is Alternative Spring Break (ASB)?

Mondana, Ecuador 2019

ASB is a year-long experiential-learning program that concludes with a week-long trip during the February reading week each year.

In February 2020, students will travel to five different destinations in the United States, Costa Rica and Guatemala. Each trip is focused on a specific theme, including colonialism, emerging markets, environmental sustainability and immigration.

Students spend months actively preparing for their trip by conducting research on their destination, attending pre-departure sessions, participating in local community-engaged learning, and fundraising for their trip.

How much does ASB cost?

The 2019/2020 ASB trips cost between $2,050 and $2,500 – which includes flights, accommodations and meals for the week. However, most students only pay 1/3 of the trip cost themselves – the rest is typically covered by group fundraising, faculty sponsorship and scholarships.

Quizarra, Costa Rica 2019

Can I get credit for participating in ASB?

ASB is a co-curricular program managed by the Student Experience Office so you can not get course credit for participating. However, you can get credit on your co-curricular record (CCR). The CCR is a transcript of all non-academic activities you participate in on-campus, like clubs and societies. Employers and graduate schools often ask for a CCR in addition to your academic transcript, to gauge your out of classroom experiences. ASB is a great addition to your CCR.

How do I apply?

Applications for 2019/2020 are now closed. Questions can be directed to asb@carleton.ca


 Visit our FAQ for more information on the program and click here to read stories from past ASB participants.