Alternative Spring Break (ASB) is a service immersion program during spring semester. Under the guidance of a student Site Leader and a university staff or faculty member, team members participate in group activities beginning in January and devote their spring break week to perform service, learn about critical social issues, engage in cultural activities, and develop leadership skills. 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.

  • Learn about trips through personal student experiences and read ASB 2016 team reflections by clicking each trip name below.
  • See Comets in action by watching videos from ASB 2016 and previous years on the OSV's YouTube page.

ASB 2017 Trips

Affordable Housing

Location: Hot Springs, Arkansas
Agency: Garland County Habitat for Humanity

Renovate and construct new homes for low-income neighborhoods in the Garland County area.

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Animal Services

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

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

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Education

Location: Tempe, Arizona
Agency: Junior Achievement

Lead hands-on activities that teach workforce readiness, financial literacy and entrepreneurship.

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Environmental Conservation

Location: Galveston, Texas
Agency: Galveston Bay Foundation

Serve those affected by manmade and natural disasters in Galveston.

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Disaster Relief

Location: Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Agency: Community Collaborations, Inc.

Assist various agencies in helping the people of Louisiana recover in the wake of historic floods.

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Hunger and Homelessness

Location: Salinas, Kansas
Agency: Ashby House

Aid the Ashby House in making a difference in the lives of those affected by homelessness.

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Park Preservation

Location: Hulbert, Oklahoma
Agency: Sequoyah State Park, Oklahoma State Parks

Help Three Forks Nature Center staff restore the natural beauty of Sequoyah State Park.

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Healthcare, Special Needs

Location: Paradise, Texas
Agency: Camp Summit

Lead activities in this one-of-a-kind camp designed for children and adults with special needs.

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Social Services

Location: San Antonio, Texas (Fraternity & Sorority Life trip)
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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Sustainability

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

Learn about sustainable development and resource management in four focus areas: food systems, ecosystems, energy and culture.

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