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What is an Alternative Spring Break?

Alternative Spring Break is where a group of 10-12 college students engage in volunteer service for a week as a counter to "traditional" spring breaks. Each break has a focus on a particular social issue, such as (but not limited to) poverty, education reform, refugee resettlement, prison reintegration, youth, animal welfare, homelessness, and the environment. Students learn about social issues and contribute to week-long projects with local non-profit community partners. 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 identified by local community partners with which they are serving. Being immersed in diverse environments enables participants to experience, discuss, and understand social issues in a significant way. Check out the breaks planned for this year!


Cost

Costs vary by break and can be found on the Break Descriptions. Costs include leadership, education, travel, housing, and most meals. The cost does not include meals on travel days, souvenirs, and community exploration day expenses. Flying breakers will fundraise to help reduce the cost of breaks. Scholarships are also available.

For ASB 2022, a $50 first payment is due at registration. Second payments for driving breaks will be due Jan 31.

Redwood National Park Payments:

Due at registration - $50

Due Dec 10 - $225

Due Jan 10 - $225

Due Feb 10 - $200


Registration

Registration for Alternative Spring Break 2022 is now open!   Priority Registration deadline December 10th, 2021.

Click here to learn more about how to participate! 


Want Your Organization to Host a Spring Break?

Would you like your student organization to have an experience just for them? Proposals follow the same timeline as spring break leader applications and are typically due in early April for the following academic year.  Email apb@jmu.edu to ask about the proposal and associated deadlines.

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