What is an Alternative Spring Break Trip?
Alternative spring break trip is a trip where a group of college students (usually 10-12 per trip) engage in volunteer service for a week as a counter to "traditional" spring break trips. Each trip has a focus on a particular social issue, such as (but not limited to) poverty, education reform, refugee resettlement, and the environment. Students learn about the social issues and then perform week-long projects with local non-profit organizations. Alternative breaks are also drug and alcohol-free experiences, with a heavy emphasis on group and individual reflection.
Alternative spring breaks challenge students to critically think and react to problems faced by members of the communities they are involved with. Being immersed in diverse environments enables participants to experience, discuss, and understand social issues in a significant way.
Why Should I Do It?
The aim of the experience is to contribute volunteer hours to communities in need, and to positively influence your life. After a trip, breakers are emboldened to take educated steps toward valuing and prioritizing their own communities in life choices such as recycling, donating resources, voting, etc.
Current estimates for domestic driving trips are $250-300 for the week which includes all of your food, housing and transportation. Cost may go down as final budgets are approved for each trip.
Domestic flying trips/international trips can vary due to the cost of airfare. Previous ranges have been $450-$1500. All flying trips will raise funds to help cut the costs of the trip. The total cost will include your food, housing, and transportation.