ASB participants spend their spring break performing service at sites across the country. Previous sites have included Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, Joplin, Missouri, New Orleans, Louisiana, Atlanta, Georgia, Gainesville, Florida, and rural Appalachia. Groups spend the year planning the trip, fundraising, and educating themselves about the issues relevant to their service site.

ASB 2014-15

Alternative Spring Break 2014-2015!

Application season is upon us, which means it is time to sign up for ASB! This year we are leading 10 trips across the U.S. to dedicate 5 days to volunteering with a multitude of different organizations. Applications are now open until October 10th, 2014. Click here to apply. Fill it out now before you miss a great opportunity to travel and make a difference! The sooner you sign up for this competitive trip the better! Please get in touch with the Civic Engagement Office with any questions. Leah Bossom will be working as the ASB coordinator.

Here are a few quotes from past participants and trip leaders:

“Alternative Spring Break is one of the most productive and efficient ways to get out of one's comfort zone and to get informed and involved with current issues.”

  “Students can learn to look at the world in a new way, challenge stereotypes, and work toward a better understanding between different groups of people. This is the first step in moving toward a better future for humanity.”

“Leading was the best thing that could have happened to me. Confidence I gained from being actually in charge with no boss to answer to or deflect questions to was an experience so important for me to have before entering a post-grad profession. The program is SO important and I hope it keeps expanding, possibly even to offer service trips at other times of the year.”

“This was incredible, keep getting people to go on these trips. I feel my life is very much changed because of the trip.”

“Because of the ASB program I served in, I am dedicating more of my life to service. I hope to join a service-based organization once graduating.”

“It took me three years to finally sign up for ASB -- and now I wish I had not waited. I will definitely go again next year!”


Past trips

In recent post-trip surveys, 100 percent of students strongly agreed or agreed that their ASB experience was positive. Learn more about Cornell students' experiences during previous ASB trips.

Goals and philosophy

Cornell subscribes to the "Break Away" ASB approach. Established by the national leader in coordinating and spearheading the ASB movement, the Break Away model includes eight components:

  1. Strong direct service
  2. Orientation
  3. Education
  4. Training
  5. Reflection
  6. Reorientation
  7. Diversity
  8. Alcohol and other drug free