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Alternative Spring Break

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 that address critical needs facing our local and national communities. 

Campus Engagement, in collaboration with the Lindy Center for Civic Engagement, will offer ASB experiences for students to participate in during their 2018 spring break.

How to Apply

The deadline for 2018 ASB trip participant applications is November 30. 

Apply for Alternative Spring Break 

The application can be found on the ASB DragonLink page. You must be signed into DragonLink to view the application. If you are redirected after the link above, go to the Forms Tab on the ASB DragonLink page to view the application once you are signed in. 

2018 Alternative Spring Break Experiences

Focus: Immigration
Community Partner: The Aquinas Center
Dates: March 25–29
Location: Philadelphia, PA (Participants will stay at the Aquinas Center)
Cost: $350

The Aquinas Center, located in South Philadelphia, is a community center that focuses on the social issue of immigration through values of hospitality, responsiveness, solidarity, and transformation. If you are interested in an urban immersive experience that incorporates service learning through meaningful volunteering, advocacy discussions, and community reflections, this is the ASB for you. This ASB will take place Sunday, March 25 through Thursday, March 29. All participants will stay at the Aquinas Center and travel around the city serving in the community at homeless centers, food banks, and community gardens while listening to stories of undocumented immigrants and learning about pressing immigrant advocacy topics. View more information about the Aquinas Center. Cost for this ASB covers all program fees, food, and accommodations at the Aquinas Center during the week.

Focus: Environmental Conservation
Community Partner: American Hiking Society
Dates: March 25–31
Location: Virginia
Cost: $450

The American Hiking Society seeks to promote the conservation of open space, improve biological corridors for plants and wildlife, and preserve our national and state parks. Volunteers will spend the week performing trail maintenance tasks on various trails and lookout points in Natural Bridge State Park in Virginia, which is part of the Appalachian Trail. Tasks will include trail maintenance and rerouting to control erosion and the building of a vista at the summit called Red Knob. Other projects will include the installation of benches and trail signage for hiker safety. If you are interested in learning more about the conservation and protecting the environment along the Appalachian Trail, consider this ASB! Volunteers should plan to hike up to three miles on work days to complete these tasks. View more about the American Hiking Society. Program cost covers all program fees, lodging, and food for the duration of the trip. Participants would need to cover the cost of food during travel.

Focus: Hurricane Harvey Disaster Relief
Community Partner: Community Collaborations International
Dates: March 25–31
Location: South Texas
Cost: $700

Hurricane Harvey was the most powerful storm in over a decade to hit the mainland United States. After the category 4 hurricane crashed into the Texas coast, the life-threatening winds and catastrophic flooding has left the local communities in complete disarray. During this Alternative Spring Break you will work hands on with communities directly impacted by the hurricane in addition to supporting local community organizations such as food banks and afterschool programs who struggle to meet the needs of their constituents. Cost for this ASB covers travel, programs fees, food, and housing for the week.

Focus: Hurricane Irma Disaster Relief 
Community Partner: Community Collaborations International
Dates: March 25–31
Location: South Florida
Cost: $700

Hurricane Irma smashed into Florida with the strongest winds observed over the Atlantic in the last 10 years. The result left the local communities in complete disarray and in need of help from volunteers. During this Alternative Spring Break, you will work hands on with communities directly impacted by the hurricane in addition to supporting local community organizations such as food banks and afterschool programs who struggle to meet the needs of their constituents. Cost for this ASB covers travel, programs fees, food, and housing for the week.

Focus: Homelessness
Community Partner: Christ in the City (in conjunction with Drexel's Newman Center)
Dates: March 25–30
Location: Denver, CO
Cost: $600

Participants on this ASB will be serving people experiencing homelessness in downtown Denver. We partner with Christ in the City, a Catholic nonprofit dedicated to forming missionaries, volunteers and communities in knowing, loving, and serving the poor. The week will be spent serving both within homeless shelters as well as throughout downtown on 16th Street Mall, Capitol Hill or the Platte River. Participants will engage in education surrounding homelessness, spirituality, and Catholic social teaching, as well as participate in daily Catholic practices and sacraments. Although this trip is centered around Catholic teachings and practices, students of all faiths and spirituality are welcome to participate. Cost covers roundtrip flight to and from Denver, transportation in Denver, program fees, food, and accommodations with Christ in the City during the week. 

Please Note: Cost is based on the maximum number of participants for each experience; therefore, the price could fluctuate slightly depending on the number of participants as well as any pre-experience fundraising your team decides to do.

Quotes from participants …

"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 a.m. 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 more responsible citizens 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."

For More Information

If you have questions about ASB, please contact: 

Danielle DeWeese
Assistant Director for Campus Engagement
dnd39@drexel.edu
215.895.6646

Sandy Vogel
Program Coordinator for Student Civic Engagement
sjv48@drexel.edu
215.571.3813