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ASB participants will have the opportunity to give back to a community or agency in need outside of the Akron area. Students will interact with fellow UA students and together, will work to achieve the common goals and tasks of their assigned trip. Participants will experience a rewarding service opportunity that may take you out of your comfort zone, but we hope you will walk away from the trip with a renewed sense of UA community pride and commitment to volunteerism.

Social Justice issues last year ranged from working with youth, to working with the environment, to animal rights, and many more. So don’t miss out on all of the fun and excitement this year!

What is Alternative Spring Break

Alternative Spring Break Trips, held during the week of Spring Break, are designed to raise awareness of social issues and injustices through educational and volunteer focused opportunities. Alternative Break Trips provide a variety of low cost, 3 or 5-day service experience. Teams of students ranging from 10-50 will be grouped together and assigned to a service opportunity that has been organized through serveAkron.

What are the advantages to attending an ASB trip?

ASB participants will be afforded the opportunity to give back to a community or agency in need. Students will interact with fellow UA students and together, will work to achieve the common goals and tasks of their assigned trip. You will experience a rewarding service opportunity that may take you out of your comfort zone, but we hope you will walk away from the trip with a renewed sense of UA community pride and commitment to volunteerism. Students that wish to take on a leadership role can specifically do so by expressing interest to serve as a Student Leader.

What are the requirements to participate in ASB?

Alternative Spring Break trips are open to all students registered students at The University of Akron. Participants will be required to attend two designated trainings before the trip and will be held accountable to the guidelines and policies of the program.

What is the selection process for ASB participants?

As long as there is room left on a trip, students will be eligible to participate. Students will rank their preference of trip selection, but ultimately, students will be assigned on a first come, first serve basis.

How much does and ASB trip cost?

An ASB trip costs $300.00 and includes all of your transportation, lodging, recreational, and food costs! The trip payments include a $75.00 non-refundable application fee and from there a schedule of payments will be determined. All payments are coordinated through a cashnet site provided by the University. The Ohio trip is only $75.00 and includes food, transportation, and recreational activities!

2016 Alternative Spring Break Trips

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As volunteers with the Alternative Spring Break program, organized through the Department of Student Life’s serveAkron Programs, 109 Zips worked with three diverse non-profits during their week off in March. From March 21 thru March 25, the group dedicated over 3,100 community service hours and impacted a host of non-profits, communities, and lives.

Students interacted with fellow Zips and together, worked to complete a variety of service projects.  From assembling an 8’ fence to building a nature play area for visitors, and constructing raised vegetable beds…just a few of the impactful projects our students completed. Participants experienced a rewarding service opportunity which took some outside of their comfort zone and allowed them to learn new skills.  As students reflected on their experience many noted feeling more connected to the University and now having a renewed sense of pride in being a Zip and commitment in volunteering.

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Thirty-seven volunteers in North Carolina enjoyed working with the NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island. These volunteers helped to finish a nature play area for visitors. Projects included clearing out brush and trash from a national seashore, painting sidewalks for games, constructing rope ladders, and various landscaping projects.

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In Georgia, forty-one members of the fraternity and sorority community helped to paint, landscape, build garden beds, and help to create a hiking trail at Camp Twin Lakes.  Located in Winder, this non-profit offers camps for children facing serious illnesses, disabilities and other life challenges.

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Thirty-one volunteers in Florida spent a busy four days working with Forest Animal Rescue. The group helped build an 8' tall fencing that is part of the perimeter of the sanctuary, untangled wire for fencing, dug holes for animal pools, and collected brush and removed plants to help upkeep the animal sanctuary.


Alternative Spring Break 2017 Information Coming Soon!