Alternative Spring Break (ASB) is an immersive week of hands-on service, leadership-building and relationship-building that is supplemented with education and reflection. For a minimal fee, students have the chance to make an impact on communities around the U.S. and learn more about the challenges and opportunities facing the country.

Under the guidance of a student site leader and a university staff member, participants travel and serve together throughout the week of spring break (March 11-16, 2018). Prior to departure, students take part in team activities and meetings to get to know each other and learn about the community partners they will be working with. Participation culminates in a reflection reception in April where teams reunite and share ASB experiences, as well as share ways for continued civic engagement and community outreach.

Are you Ready to Go Alternative?

  • Register to attend one of the upcoming ASB info sessions on the OSV website.
  • See Comets in action by watching videos from ASB 2017 and previous years on the OSV's YouTube page.
  • Check out the details below for project locations, agency hosts, fees and more.
  • Reserve your spot! Online registration for each ASB trip begins at 12 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 1, 2017.
    • Note: Registration for the LGBT+ & Ally Services trip is application-based due to the waived trip fee. Interested students must submit their application by 4 p.m. on Nov. 24. Applicants will be notified by Nov. 29.

ASB 2018 Trips

Affordable Housing

Location: Shreveport, LA
Agency: The Fuller Center of Northwest Louisiana

Participants will work alongside the new homeowner and other community volunteers to complete projects for the veteran build.

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Animal Services

Location: San Angelo, TX
Agency: Peaceful Valley Donkey Rescue

Assist in providing a safe and loving environment for abused, neglected or abandoned donkeys.

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Disaster Relief

Location: Port Arthur/Beaumont, TX
Agency: Community Collaborations, Inc.

Disaster relief volunteers will be on the front lines, working with first responders to lend a hand in this time of need.

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Environmental Conservation

Location: Galveston, TX
Agency: Galveston Bay Foundation

Serve those affected by manmade and natural disasters in Galveston.

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Global Poverty

Location: Elm Mott, TX
Agency: World Hunger Relief, Inc.

Participants will engage in projects and educational sessions that will introduce them to the experiences of those living in poverty around the world.

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Location: Garden Valley, TX
Agency: Mercy Ships

Join Mercy Ships in their mission to provide free healthcare and improve healthcare delivery systems in the poorest nations.

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LGBT+ & Ally Services

Location: Charlotte, NC
Agency: Campus Pride

Participants will explore issues of privilege, discuss what it means to be an ally, and learn about the state of higher education for LGBT+ people.

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Park Preservation

Location: Liberty, TX
Agency: American Hiking Society & Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge

Participants will assist with park improvement projects and other projects as requested by the park manager.

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Social Services

Location: San Antonio, TX
Agency: San Antonio Food Bank

Help the homeless, at-risk youth, and those affected by poverty in the San Antonio area.

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