Alternative Spring Break 2020

Alternative Spring Break (ASB) is an exciting opportunity for undergraduate UA students to travel, grow, and serve others while on spring break. Participants will have the ability to interact with fellow UA peers while giving back to a community or agency in need outside of the Akron area. 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.

Please note: Spots on each trip are limited and fill quickly! Interested applicants should act quickly and must pay their deposit of $75 to secure their spot on the trip.

ASB Scholarships are available via application due on 1/17/20

APPLY HERE


2020 Trip Locations

Washington DC

  • Agency: Steinbruck Center at Luther Place
  • Dates: March 22-27, 2020
  • Cost: $400
    • $75 Deposit due at time of application
    • $325 Remaining Payment due on or before February 28, 2020

Winder, GAthis trip is open to members of the Fraternity and Sorority Life community

  • Agency: Camp Twin Lakes
  • Dates: March 21-27, 2020
  • Cost: $400
    • $75 Deposit due at time of application
    • $325 Remaining Payment due on or before February 28, 2020

Important Dates

January 17: Deadline to apply for an ASB – Washington, DC Scholarship

February 1: Deadline to apply for an ASB Trip

February 28: Remaining trip payments are due

March 10 & 11: Participants are required to attend one of the pre-departure meetings offered:

  • March 10: 4-5PM
  • March 11: 6-7PM

March 17 & 18: Participants are required to attend one of the pre-departure meetings offered:

  • March 17: 4-5PM
  • March 18 6-7PM

March 21-27: Alternative Spring Break!


Apply to be a 2020 Alternative Spring Break Student Leader!

To qualify as a candidate for an ASB Student Leader position, interested students must:

  1. Apply for their trip of choice via the ASB application
  2. Answer the ASB Student Leader-related essay questions
  3. Pay the $75 deposit by the following deadlines:
  • Winder, GA (FSL) ASB Student Leader Position Deadline: November 1
  • Washington, DC ASB Student Leader Position Deadline: January 17

Position Description:

Alternative Spring Break Student Leaders will serve as liaisons, decision makers, and assistants for the planning and duration of the ASB trip. This position will provide you with a valuable leadership experience and this position will be essential in order for our trips to be beneficial and impactful for all of our participants. Student Leaders will be exactly what their title reflects… leaders! 

ASB Student Leader Outcomes

SL will:

  • Equip students with the knowledge, skills, and confidence necessary to lead a group of their peers through activities and educational material for a successful service trip.
  • Facilitate meaningful reflection and team building activities
  • Assist the Trip Advisors with organizing and other planning material related to trip logistics
  • Provide an opportunity for self-reflection and personal and professional development for student site leaders.
  • Understand their own work styles and capitalize on their strengths while becoming aware of areas for further growth and development
  • Gain and utilize transferable skills including communication, conflict & time management, teamwork, and collaboration
  • Provide a framework through which students will learn to address pressing societal issues and initiate meaningful conversation about ways to impact a community.
  • Think critically about their own philosophy of service and how it is shaped by their positions of power, privilege and oppression within a community
  • Articulate and navigate the positive and negative implications of short-term service

Provide thoughtful insight about the who, the what, and now what

ASB Student Leader Expectations             

SLs are expected to:                                   

  • Complete all projects outlined in the curriculum and effectively present them to ASB group
  • Familiarize and understand the mission, programs, and projects for ASB trip
  • Attend scheduled meetings and arrive on time for meetings
  • Maintain a professional, friendly, respectful, helpful, supportive and team-like atmosphere among ASB participants, Trip Advisors, and nonprofit partners

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, 5-day service experience. Teams of students ranging from 40-45 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. The Alternative Spring Break - Camp Twin Lakes trip is open to members of Fraternity & Sorority Life. 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.

How much does and ASB trip cost?

An ASB trip costs $400.00 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.