ASB 2020 will take place the week of March 15-20, 2020. Registration will open at 12 p.m. on Dec. 2.

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 (Mar. 15-20). 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.

See Comets in action by watching videos from ASB 2019 and previous years on the OSV's YouTube page. Information sessions regarding the 2020 ASB program will be held in November. Be sure to check back for more details in September!

ASB 2019 Trips

Affordable Housing

Location: Shreveport, LA
Agency: The Fuller Center of Northwest Louisiana
Registration for this trip is full.

Revitalize the appearance of neighborhoods, encourage connections within the community and preserve affordable housing in low-income neighborhoods.

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Animal Services

Location: San Angelo, TX
Agency: Peaceful Valley Donkey Rescue
Registration for this trip is full.

Provide a safe and loving environment for abused, neglected or abandoned donkeys.

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Disability & Special Needs

Location: Paradise, TX
Agency: Camp Summit
Registration for this trip is full.

Provide barrier-free outdoor experiences that promote personal growth and foster independence for children and adults with disabilities.

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Disaster Relief

Location: Puerto Rico
Agency: Community Collaborations, Inc.
Registration for this trip is full.

Hurricane Maria was the deadliest natural disaster to hit U.S. soil in more than a century. Help repair homes affected by flood damage, restore the devastated environment, and support youth development programs.

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Environmental Conservation

Location: Galveston, TX
Agency: Galveston Bay Foundation
Registration for this trip is full.

Complete environmental conservation projects beautifying and maintaining the Texas coastline while serving those who suffer the economic impact of these disasters.

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Global Poverty

Location: Little Rock, AR
Agency: Heifer International
Registration for this trip is full.

Immerse yourself in working to eradicate poverty and hunger through experiential actives such as team building development, educational sessions, and overnight village experiences.

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Hunger & Homelessness

Location: San Antonio, TX
Agency: San Antonio Food Bank
Contact Fraternity and Sorority Life for registration information.

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

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Location: Houston, TX
Agency: Project C.U.R.E.
Registration for this trip is full.

Join the world’s largest distributor of donated medical supplies to resource-limited communities across the globe in ensuring that medical facilities receive what they need in order to function.

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LGBT+ & Ally Services

Location: Charlotte, NC
Agency: Campus Pride
Participation is application-based.

Want to help create safer and more inclusive colleges and universities across the United States? Join Campus Pride in their mission to develop, support and give “voice and action” in building future LGBTQ and ally student leaders.

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Outdoor Education

Location: Boulder Creek, CA
Agency: Camp Campbell Outdoor Science School
Registration for this trip is full.

Engage middle school students with the natural world, explore forest and river ecosystems, and experience the magic of the famous California redwood forest during field study with their assigned naturalist during the day .

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Park Preservation

Location: Pasadena, TX
Agency: Armand Bayou Nature Center
Registration for this trip is full.

Assist with park improvement projects, including trail maintenance, painting, basic carpentry, and other projects as requested by the park manager.

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