The Alternative Spring Break Program traces its rich history back to 1975, when a group of Georgetown students elected to spend their spring break in Appalachia. Since its founding, Alternative Spring Break has expanded to connect Georgetown students, faculty, and staff to over fifty different domestic and international communities.
Offered by The Center for Social Justice Research, Teaching and Service (CSJ), the Alternative Spring Break Program provides students with opportunities for social justice immersion in communities across the United States during one week in March. Currently, the Program supports seventeen trips that examine a diverse set of social justice issues ranging from poverty to prison reform. No matter how far participants travel on Alternative Spring Break, whether it may be to Detroit, New Orleans, Tucson, or to Wheeling, West Virginia, all participants travel and serve under the guidance of the same five Alternative Spring Break pillars: justice immersion, cultural immersion, service, reflection, and substance-free fun.
Through Alternative Spring Break, a diverse group of Georgetown students engages with issues affecting underserved communities through service, immersion, and reflection in a substance-free environment. Alternative Spring Break fosters lasting commitments to social justice and strives to build long-term relationships with community partners.
Sign up to be a part of the ASB Community via our Hoyalink Group to receive updates about upcoming information sessions and applications deadlines. For more specific questions about the program, please send an email to the Alternative Spring Break Program Board at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday, November 12: 9:00 PM WGR 208
Monday, November 18: 6:30 PM WGR 211
Sunday, November 24: 8:00 PM ICC 101
Wednesday, December 4: 7:00 PM WGR 211
Thanks to generous funding from the University and its donors, the Alternative Spring Break Program is proud to offer subsidized trip fees for all leaders and participants. Additional financial aid is available.
Unless otherwise noted below, all trips cost $240 for participants and $190 for drivers. Fees include all transportation costs, food, lodging, and any fees associated with service sites and cultural immersion activities.
Border Awareness Experience: $320.00
Kino Border Immersion: $320
Worker Justice DC: $140
The application for ASB 2K14 is now open! Please click here to apply.
The Alternative Spring Break Program is unable to accommodate all of our applicants due to limited spacing, so all applicants are strongly encouraged to apply to more than one trip and to all of the trips in which they are interested.
All trip decisions are “name-blind” and “trip-blind,” meaning that the leaders reviewing your application will not be able to see the number of trips for which you have applied. Applicants should feel comfortable ranking any of the trips that interest you, as this information will not be shared during the application process.
The Alternative Spring Break Program seeks to be a springboard into social justice, thus the Program is an ideal start for students looking for an introduction to the CSJ and to community involvement. The goal of the program is to build a diverse team of people who bring different life experiences, backgrounds, and interests to their trips. The application has been designed with this in mind.
If you are accepted on a trip, you must confirm your participation and submit your non-refundable trip payment by early February 2014. In the spirit of fostering a long lasting commitment to social justice, all participants will attend a program-wide orientation in February, as well as pre- and post-trip activities planned by their respective trip leaders.