Alternative Spring Break is a week-long service project in distant communities that gives students an opportunity to participate in community service and hands-on learning experiences during fall and spring break. Students address issues of poverty, hunger, and social injustice. Volunteers may also provide vital humanitarian aid and disaster relief at home and abroad.
In the past, students have tutored orphans and built schools in Mexico, aided flood recovery in Washington, repaired property on American Indian reservations, and built homes for low-income families in the Pacific Northwest.
Service has been absent from my life the past few years, until last spring when I decided to go on the Alternative Spring Break with 30 other students. Essentially it was a week full of serving other people and learning about how I personally can make a difference. I realized how crucial it is to help as much as I can. I have so many wonderful things in my life that not everybody has access to, I want to help create those opportunities for the community around me. ~Jesse Cleaveland