Alternative Spring Breaks

Alternative Spring Breaks (ASB) promotes community service, develops leadership skills, and creates [...]strong bonds among its participants. Since its founding in 1988, Boston University student and faculty/staff volunteers spend their spring breaks participating in volunteer work throughout the country addressing issues such as environmental protection, children, affordable housing, hunger, education, HIV/AIDS awareness, and disabilities. Each of the trips is comprised of two Coordinators, ten to thirteen volunteers, and one faculty/staff Chaperone.

Last year, ASB was bigger than ever with over 300 volunteers, 72 coordinators, 36 chaperones, 5 committee chairs, and two program managers. 36 trips traveled all over the country in vans, planes, and buses, and stayed in a variety of accommodations. Service projects ranged from working with organizations like Habitat for Humanity in Seattle, WA building houses for local communities, to working with children at the Target House in Memphis, TN. Overall, the program provides Boston University students with a unique and memorable week of service as an alternative to the traditional college spring break.

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