Students wearing construction hard hats.
Students making the Whoosh hand symbol on a beach.
Students with brooms, rakes and shovels.
Students posing in front of an ASB 2019 sign.

ASB 2021 will take place March 15-19, 2021. Registration opens at 12 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 7, 2020.

Alternative Spring Break (ASB) is an immersive week of hands-on service, leadership-building and relationship-building supplemented with education and reflection. 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.

This year, ASB will be an immersive virtual experience featuring a variety of opportunities to serve, learn about and connect with communities. Under the guidance of a student site leader and a university staff member, participants serve together throughout the week of spring break (March 15-19). Prior to service, students take part in team activities and meetings to get to know each other, learn about the community partners they will be working with and undergo an introduction to their project impact area. Participation culminates in a reflection reception in April where teams reunite and share ASB experiences, as well as 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. For more information about the ASB 2021 program, contact the OSV via [email protected].

ASB 2021 Experiences

Animal Services

Participants: 12

  • 1 RUO
  • 1 site leader
  • 10 participants

Wildlife across the globe face threats from a changing planet, government policies and human interference. Closer to home, mistreated animals are rescued and trained to be suitable for adoption so they can be cared for properly. Many other animals are rescued from abuse and neglect as well. Learn more about the animals of our planet, the environments in which they thrive and what tools they need to survive.

Environmental Conservation

Participants: 12

  • 1 RUO
  • 1 site leader
  • 10 participants

Now more than ever, our environment needs protection. Climate change is happening before our eyes. With pollution and natural disaster aftermath, there is a lot that needs to be done to help our planet. Cleaning, restoring the habitat for wildlife, protecting ecosystems and conserving land, water and shores all are ways to keep the planet healthy for ourselves and future generations. This trip will provide information about issues facing our environment and how we can serve together to address them.

"This trip was highly educational. We worked with people from several different organizations in the environmental sector and had the opportunity to learn from them about their areas of expertise. We also saw a lot of wildlife including toads, herons, laughing gulls and many, many grackles."

Hunger and Homelessness

Participants: 12

  • 1 RUO
  • 1 site leader
  • 10 participants

NOTE: This trip is only available to students who are involved in the Greek community. Please email Daniel Hernandez to request an application.

Since COVID-19 hit, many people have lost their jobs and the ability to provide themselves with food and shelter. Systemic inequality is causing disproportionate homelessness among minority groups as well. One in seven Texans are experiencing food insecurity and there is a rise in the number of homeless Americans. With children losing school lunches and food banks short on volunteers and donations, needs are at an all-time high. This trip is offered in partnership with Fraternity and Sorority Life.

"Participating in this trip was the most memorable experience of my college career by far. Although I could have spent my spring break doing other things, I am beyond happy that I dedicated it to volunteering and giving back to the community."

Immigration

Participants: 13

  • 1 RUO
  • 1 site leader
  • 1 assistant site leader
  • 10 participants

Immigration affects the lives and livelihoods of students, families, workers and people from all walks of life. Through virtual engagement with local organizers, participants will learn about issues of education access, economic development, food justice and human rights, and how they intersect with immigration and justice in U.S. border communities. There will be a strong emphasis on connecting with immigrant stories and understanding the collaborative community approach needed to address the issues faced by this community.

LGBT+ and Ally Services

Participants: 12

  • 1 RUO
  • 1 site leader
  • 10 participants

We will learn more about and advocate for the LGBT+ community by helping them create safer and more inclusive spaces in college campuses, businesses, jobs and all aspects of life. Learn how to help build future LGBT+ and ally student leaders while exploring issues of privilege and discussing what it means to be an ally.

"One of the most impactful moments for me personally was when we were introduced to a panel of local business officials who are part of the LGBT+ community. These leaders informed us of policies implemented into their workplaces to protect LGBT+ workers."

Youth Development

Participants: 12

  • 1 RUO
  • 1 site leader
  • 1 assistant site leader
  • 9 participants

Our younger years are some of the most important years of growth. They help to set us up for success later in life. A strong education, positive role models and support systems, a healthy lifestyle and many other factors all play a role in youth development. However, not all of these are accessible to every child. This can have long-lasting impacts on these youth as they age. We will dive into these different factors of youth development and serve together to support the youth of our communities.

Sustainability

Participants: 13

  • 1 RUO
  • 1 site leader
  • 1 assistant site leader
  • 10 participants

The United Nations has developed a series of sustainable development goals that aim to recognize that ending poverty and other deprivations must go hand-in-hand with strategies that improve health and education, reduce inequality and spur economic growth, all while tackling climate change and working to preserve our oceans and forests (United Nations). Our service will focus on these sustainable development goals. We will explore each of the goals in depth and learn how they work together to create lasting change.