collage of students doing work during the 2016 Alternative Spring Break week such as pushing wheelbarrows, and working in gardens.

Below are details on the 2018/2019 Alternative Spring Break destinations.

Boloncó, Guatemala: Livelihood though Sustainable Education and Environments

Cost: $2200*

Students will travel to Boloncó, Guatemala, to explore the themes of education, nutrition, and sustainable livelihoods with a local organization. They will support the construction of a pre-primary school kitchen, which will be used to prepare government-subsidized school meals aimed at tackling malnutrition in the area. In addition to participating in cultural activities, students will learn about and contribute to community dialogues about economic, social, and environmental issues impacting livelihood in Boloncó.

Learn more about a typical day in Boloncó.

Cerro Azul, Costa Rica: Holistic Education and Local Environmental Sustainability

Cost: $2300*

Students will travel to Cerro Azul, Costa Rica to explore the themes of access to education and environmental sustainability with a local organization. They will assist in the construction of a kindergarten classroom, which will alleviate overcrowding and enhance learning at the local primary school. They will also support the promotion of local environmental sustainability practices at the school. In addition, students will get to participate in cultural activities and engage with the local community.

Learn more about a typical day in Cerro Azul.

Chimborazo, Ecuador: Education, Water, and Livelihoods in the Andes

Cost: $2450*

Students will travel to Chimborazo, located in the Andean mountains, to explore the themes of access to education and clean water. Students will assist with projects that help improve access to education and clean water, while learning about the significant barriers communities face in achieving their collective goals. Students will also have opportunities to work with a local women’s group, participate in cultural activities, and connect with local community members about the issues that impact them.

Learn more about a typical day in Chimborazo.

Mondaña, Ecuador: Education, Water, and Biodiversity in the Amazon

Cost: $2450*

Students will travel to Mondaña, in the Ecuadorian Amazon, to explore the pressing local issues of access to education and clean water. Students will assist with projects that help improve access to education and clean water, while learning about biodiversity in the Amazon and the cultural diversity that exists among the Amazonian communities. Students will have the opportunity to participate in cultural activities, visit one of the most biodiverse regions on the planet, and connect with local community members about the issues that impact them.

Learn more about a typical day in Mondaña.

Ottawa, Ontario: Local Food Justice in Action

Cost: $250*

Students will spend five days exploring the work of local community organizations committed to food justice in Ottawa. ASB Ottawa is a non-residential experience, where participants meet each morning for a full day of programming. In their work with various partners, students will consider the challenges diverse communities face in accessing nutritious and culturally meaningful food, and discover the role of food in cultivating community. Students will also participate in a design thinking workshop where they use their experiences to consider how they might engage in a project that contributes to positive social change locally.

Learn more about a typical day in Ottawa.

San Felipe Chenla, Guatemala: Education, Resilience, and the Complexities of Environmental Sustainability

Cost: $2200*

Students will travel to San Felipe Chenla, Guatemala, to explore access to education and the complexities of environmental sustainability with a local organization. They will support the construction of two classrooms for the local primary school, aimed at enhancing the learning environment for students. In addition to engaging in cultural activities, participants will learn about the economic, social, and environmental issues affecting the community, including the impacts of a nearby hydroelectric dam.

Learn more about a typical day in San Felipe Chenla.

*Please note cost of trips are subject to change. For information about funding support for this program, please visit ASB Funding Support.”