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 2024, a group of students had the opportunity to learn about free, fair and direct trade while picking coffee alongside local farmers in Guatemala. Partnering with Operation Groundswell, participants travelled across Guatemala and learn about the impact the coffee industry has on climate change and the supply chain.

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 2024-2025

Information about the destinations and experiences offered for ASB 2025 will be available in early July. For information on previous destinations, click here.

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.