Alternative Break Program

Supported by the Student Activity Fee, ASPCC provides students with an opportunity to travel in country and participate in service learning and civic engagement trips for a subsidized fee.

Transform – Learn – Lead

All applicants need to be in good standing with the college, complete 10 hours of service, provide the appropriate financial contribution, attend all pre and post trip trainings and orientations, be enrolled in at least 6 credits and possess a GPA of 2.5.

Bright Students! Big Voices!

  • Location: Washington DC and New York City
  • Dates: March 25 – April 1, 2018
  • Application Due: December 4, 2017
  • Cost: $400 per student

Experience the vibrancy of two large eastern US cities while engaging in an opportunity to influence lawmakers who legislate ideas that impact students. Participating in this week long journey is transformative and jam-packed full of learning opportunities. The agenda will include lobbying, seeing the highlights of Washington DC, visiting Gallaudet University (a school that serves the deaf and hard of hearing community), and spending time in NYC. This is an amazing opportunity but be warned – the accommodations are hostels, the ground transportation is via subways and walking, and the food is communal. There are some free time is incorporated into the agenda, but you are committed to a group travel experience, not one of your own making.

Complete the Bright Students! Big Voices! application

Waves of the Future

  • Location: Kauai, Hawaii
  • Dates: March 26 – April 3, 2018
  • Application Due: December 4, 2017
  • Cost: $400 per student

The 50th state is the destination for this Alternative Break experience. Hawaii is home to a multi-ethnic population that has experienced a vast number of Micronesian immigrants in the recent years. One of the impacts of migration is homelessness. Hawaii currently has the largest number (per capita) of homeless people in the US (49.3 out 10,000 people). On this Alternative Break we will partner with Kauai’s Habitat for Humanity to build a home. Participants will also enjoy local cultural as well as some much needed time relaxing – after a day of labor – on the beaches of Kauai.

Complete the Waves of the Future application

Healthy Oceans, Healthy People

  • Location: Newport, Oregon
  • Dates: March 25 – March 29, 2018
  • Application Due: February 5, 2018
  • Cost: $100 per student

Our oceans are being trashed! The amount of plastic in the ocean is threatening the well being of the Pacific Ocean and all its inhabitants. Join a team on a journey to explore the wild and wonderful Pacific coast line in the state of Oregon. Participate in service projects with your peers and spend some much needed time after finals reflecting at the Oregon beach.

Complete the Healthy Oceans, Healthy People application

This Land Is…?

  • Location: Montana, Wyoming and South Dakota
  • Dates: June 14 – 20 or June 21 – 29, 2018 (TBA)
  • Application Due: April 4, 2018
  • Cost: $100 per student

The United States is home to 562 recognized Native American tribes and 59 protected national parks. “Ownership” of the land presents questions and challenges that tribal leaders, government officials and conservationists grapple with as individuals and as representatives of their respective groups. This Alternative Break experience is a “road trip” complete with life in the good old outdoors as we journey in vans across the great West and camp in our national parks. This is an opportunity to learn about many of the issues that impact the indigenous people of the US and spend time in nature – away from the internet and noise.

Complete the This Land Is…? application

Staff/Faculty Partners

This year we are also taking applications for Alternative Break Staff, Faculty or Administrator Partners. The Alternative Break Staff/Faculty Partner is an individual who assists, supports, and empowers the students through the duration of planning and implementation of a volunteer trip which takes place during the year. Download and fill out the staff/faculty partner form and return by the deadline for consideration.