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 2016-2017

Alternative Spring Break 2016-2017!

Applications for ASB 2017-2018 will be open 2nd Block of Fall 2017.  Please get in touch with the Civic Engagement Office with any questions. Kate Brogan ( and Nicolle Aragon ( are this year's ASB Coordinators.

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