Application for 2018 ASB trips are open Friday, October 6 through Monday, October 16. Apply here to be a participant on one of our trips!

Learn more about our 2017-2018 Alternative Spring Break trips below.

Animal Welfare
This trip will be centered around helping several organizations focused on animal rescue. By participating on this trip, you will learn more about the workings of a shelter, the importance of adoption vs. breeding, and will gain experience taking care of difference animals, all while helping organizations in need. You will also learn about illegal pet trade and how that can harm exotic animals, especially when people assume they have the knowledge to take care of an exotic pet that is not ready to live a domestic life.

Conservation
Our country's national parks are always in need of volunteers like you! This trip will focus on conservation issues, particularly within our national park system. You tasks will vary based on need but could include helping restore hiking trails, removing exotic plants, restoring native plant communities, and providing information to visitors. You will have the opportunity to explore one park within the National Park System, engage with Park Rangers, and provided needed services to help restore our country's natural resources.

Disaster Relief - Florida
This trip will be working with the nonprofit disaster relief program Community Collaborations International (CCI). CCI works to help all of those who are suffering from the affects of natural disasters. This trip includes a variety of tasks such as repairing houses, cleaning up the community, and forming bonds with the locals. Daily tasks will vary greatly and depend on the current needs of the community you are serving in.

Disaster Relief - Texas
This trip will be working with the nonprofit disaster relief program Community Collaborations International (CCI). CCI works to help all of those who are suffering from the affects of natural disasters. This trip includes a variety of tasks such as repairing houses, cleaning up the community, and forming bonds with the locals. Daily tasks will vary greatly and depend on the current needs of the community you are serving in.

Poverty in the United States
This trip's focus is on rebuilding homes and providing repairs for an Indian reservation. Indian Reservations tend to fall within the poorest counties in the country due to several social and structural barriers within government and funding. You will help with repairing and building homes to provide safe, stable homes that allow for basic necessities such as running water and heat. Through the trip, you will learn about poverty and how these issues affect reservations in particular.

Refugee Reform
This trip works with an organization that provides community-based services to refugees. Their programs include spiritual guidance, English classes, assistance with job skills, training for CNAs, and resettlement assistance. Your volunteer responsibilities for the week will be based on the current need of the community but could include assisting with events, tutoring in English, visiting immigrant detainees, or providing resettlement support. Through the week, you will gain a better understanding of the refugee experience and become more educated on refugee reform.

Urban Youth and Education
This trip will work with a nonprofit after-school and youth development program that works to break the cycle of poverty, crime, drug abuse, and teen pregnancy. Volunteering will include tutoring, life lessons, playing games, going into schools, and helping plan curriculum. You will also serve as a mentor to a number of students ranging from 3rd grade to 12th grade.

Women's Rights and Domestic Violence
You will work with several community partners who all have a focus on women's rights and domestic violence. Through your involvement in this trip, you will learn how to advocate for women's rights and provide initial support for individuals encountering a wide range of traumatic experiences.