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Alternative Spring Break

Alternative Spring Break (ASB) is a trip in which a group of students (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.

ASB Trip Participants

Based on the limited spaces available, a lottery system has been established to determine the student participants for ASB trips.

ASB Trip Leaders

One of the fundamental reasons for the growing success of alternative break trips is the leadership that James Madison University students provide. Trip Leaders serve as ambassadors for the Alternative Break Program and are expected to communicate the mission and goals of the program to students and community members as well as plan their assigned trip in its entirety. If you are interested in learning more about serving as a Trip Leader, check the homepage for applications or contact Steven krzanowski at