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Alternative Spring Break

Alternative Spring Breaks are week-long service trips that immerse students in issues of social concern. Alternative Spring Break

Alternative Springs Breaks (ASB) combine service, travel, and reflection to allow students to begin to form a deeper and more nuanced understanding of such pressing issues as income inequality, food deserts, and sustainable development. ASBs complement formal classroom learning and give students the opportunity to engage with new communities through service projects, grassroots action, and advocacy. In the process, students learn about the socioeconomic, political, and cultural context of the communities in which they serve.

The Bunting Center sponsored two alternative spring breaks in 2012. One team traveled to Washington, DC, to volunteer at the DC Central Kitchen, meet with congressional staff on Capitol Hill, and participate in a seminar exploring income inequality. Another team traveled to Harlan County, Kentucky, to learn about the effects of coal mining while weatherizing a low-income home and planting trees at an abandoned mine site. In the past, ASB projects have been held in Puerto Rico, San Francisco, Boston, and on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

Students apply to participate in an ASB. All students are encouraged to apply regardless of age, service experience, or financial situation. Preparation includes pre-departure meetings, readings, and discussion on service-learning and project-specific subjects.

Please contact a Bunting Center staff member to learn more about upcoming ASBs.