Alternative Spring Break
So, what is an Alternative Spring Break (ASB) trip?
An ASB trip is an opportunity for you to engage in community service during your spring break. ASB is a great way to explore social issues and discover new things about yourself through education and purposeful action. As a part of ASB, you will team up with other students to engage in complex social issues such as the environment, discrimination, inadequate housing, disease, hunger, and poverty. By providing some much needed assistance, you have the chance to learn from the people and organizations you encounter and gain a broader understanding of the world around you.
We challenge you to use this opportunity as a "springboard into lifelong active citizenship" ...where volunteering within your community becomes a priority in your future life decisions.
Why participate in ASB?
By participating in ASB you will experience meaningful service, develop new friendships, learn about different cultures, further your education or career goals, and will have the opportunity to explore social change.
Who can go on these trips?
Due to the popularity of the trip destinations, ASB now uses an application process to select participants. Students who are interested in participating in an ASB trip can pick up an application in 218 Lankford Student Union. Space is limited so apply early! Longwood adheres to the principle of equal opportunity without regard to race, sex, creed, handicap, or national origin.
Anything else I need to know?
Alcohol and Drug Policy
The ASB program promotes an alcohol and drug free philosophy. This prohibits alcohol consumption or drug use by anyone participating in the program, regardless of age. Any group member who does not adhere to this policy will be asked to leave the program at his or her own expense.
All group members must complete an application and provide proof of insurance coverage.
A meaningful service experience requires preparation and reflection. No doubt that you will have many important questions before the trip! MANDATORY meetings will be held prior to departure. You will meet other group members and learn about the community in which you will be living and working. Attendance at these meetings is important for building strong bonds with community and group members.
Structured reflection sessions before, during, and after the trip will allow you to develop critical thinking skills and articulate what you have learned. It is a critical step towards self-discovery. You will have the opportunity to share your achievements and knowledge with all members of the group through the use of a team journal, required readings, and individual projects.