What is Alternative Spring Break (ASB)?

Mondana, Ecuador 2019

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

In February 2020, students travelled to five different destinations in the United States, Costa Rica and Guatemala. Each trip was focused on a specific theme including immigration, education, food security, emerging markets and sustainability.

Students spent 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.

ASB 2023-2024

We are excited to share that the Alternative Spring Break program will return for the 2023-2024 academic year taking participants across Guatemala.


Students will have the opportunity to learn about free, fair and direct trade while picking coffee alongside local farmers in Guatemala. Partnering with Operation Groundswell, participants will travel across Guatemala and learn about the impact the coffee industry has on climate change and the supply chain. Additionally, participants will have the opportunity to engage with local Indigenous communities and learn about the impact the coffee industry has had on their community and ancestral lands.

Apply for ASB

Applications for Team Leaders and Participants are now closed.

Questions can be directed to asb@carleton.ca

For more information and highlights on the program, click here to read stories from past ASB participants.