4 Students assist in pulling a wheelbarrow during their Alternative Spring Break in Dominican Republic

Students working on a project in the Dominican Republic.

Learning isn’t exclusive to lecture halls. Are you ready to dig deeper?

Alternative Spring Break (ASB) is an immersive experiential-learning program, that connects students to domestic and international partner communities. Students explore the social, environmental, and economic challenges impacting their partner community while supporting meaningful community-led projects.

Participant applications are now open! Apply by September 27th, 2019 at noon!

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What is Alternative Spring Break?

ASB is a year-long experiential-learning program that culminates with a trip during the winter reading week, in February each year.

In 2019 – 2020, five different experiences will be offered. Each will be focused on specific themes, including colonialism, emerging markets, environmental sustainability, and immigration.

Students spend months actively preparing for their reading week experience by attending pre-departure sessions, conducting research, participating in local community-engaged learning, and fundraising for their trip. Students are also encouraged to engage in personal reflection and make connections to their academic studies throughout the program.

Past projects have included:

  • examining the conservation of Canada’s national parks and assisting with environmental monitoring efforts
  • learning about global sanitation challenges and constructing latrines at an elementary school in Ecuador
  • exploring global waste management and assembling eco-bricks as the foundation for school buildings in Guatemala

Click here to read stories from past ASB participants

Group of students stand together in Ecuador

Be part of the impact with Alternative Spring Break

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