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Alternative Spring Break (ASB)

The Alternative Spring Break (ASB) program places teams of Drexel students in communities to engage in community service and experiential learning during spring break.  The objectives of the ASB program are to involve students in community-based service projects – locally, domestically, and internationally – and to provide opportunities for engagement in activities that benefit the environment, the community, and those in need.

The 2014 program will run during Drexel’s spring break (March 22-30).  Students interested in organizing or participating in a trip, please contact aes68@drexel.edu.

Quotes from participants …

“As a trip leader, I enjoyed watching the participants become engrossed in their work and the community.  Their daily reflections showed that their experience impacted them exactly as I had hoped.”

“Being in Costa Rica was an eye opening experience, getting to know the culture, slowly learning more words and phrases in Spanish to get around, and fully emerging ourselves not only in the farm, but in the community as well.  As a group, we got along well and worked together toward common goals.”

“The thing I liked most about the trip was that I was able to give back to the community, while I could have been at home, sleeping in my warm bed.  Instead, I got up before 7:00am every day and worked for seven hours … and got to do it with my new friends.  And I know I was helping the city.  It was heart-warming and rewarding.”

“I learned basic knowledge about building and all the work that goes into one house.  I also learned teamwork and how much a few extra hands can impact the progress of a project exponentially.  I learned that we are all humans, and despite our views, it is our civic duty to look out for and help each other.”

“I learned that one person can do a lot for their community, but when people come together with similar goals for their community, they can do wonders.”

“Although everyone may not have the same experience that I did, ASB is a life changing experience.  Walking away from it, I have gained new friends, new skills, and a new understanding of a different lifestyle.”

“This is a great program that every college student should do.  I believe students will become a more responsible citizen after they do ASB.”

“This was one of the best experiences of my life and I would recommend it to anyone!  I’ll definitely be signing up again and may even organize a trip of my own.”