The Alternative Spring Break program is a service immersion experience and leadership development opportunity that allows students to engage with others through service. Prior to departure, each participant takes part in team activities and meetings beginning in January in order to build group cohesion. (exact travel times may vary). For a minimal fee, participants travel and serve with other students under the supervision of a UT Dallas staff member.
Each trip specializes on an identified social issue and will vary in lodging, service projects and team activities. While there will be some recreational activities included in the agenda, the primary focus of the ASB program is to serve. Participants perform approximately 40 hours of community service during an ASB trip.
Once the team has returned from the service trip, participants reflect upon their service and share experiences at the ASB Reflection Reception. This final event serves as the capstone of the ASB program.
Trips are alcohol and drug-free. Participants are expected to abide by the University's discipline and conduct policies.
- Participants must travel and stay with their group for the duration of the trip.
- All trips require full payment at time of registration.
- Once registered, participants may not switch trips.
- Payments may be refundable. See the Cancellation and Refund Policy below.
- Participants are required to attend a Pre-Trip Orientation before departure.
How to Register
Registration for ASB 2018 will open at 12 p.m. on Friday, December 1. A registration link will be posted on this website. Spots are limited, and fill on a first-come, first-served basis. You may not purchase multiple trips or switch trips once registered. Payment is due at the time of registration and reserves your spot on a trip.
Note: Registration for the LGBT+ & Ally Services trip is application-based due to the waived trip fee. Interested students must submit their application by 4 p.m. on Nov. 24. Applicants will be notified by Nov. 29.
ASB fees vary per trip and range from $75 - 350. The fee covers transportation, lodging and three basic meals a day for the week.
Payment for all trips will be due at the moment of trip registration. The only method of payment is online via debit/credit card (Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express).
Upon confirmation of an air travel trip, the OSV will make arrangements with the University travel agency to book plane tickets for the group on the same flight.
Cancellation and Refund Policy
Please ensure that you can commit to the ASB program before registering. Refunds are subject to the policy below, regardless of the circumstance in which you are cancelling your participation.
Air Travel Trips: No refunds are permitted. Airplane tickets will be booked under each individual's name and are non-refundable and non-transferable. If cancelled, additional fees may occur.
Van Trips: Only a partial refund may be available for van trips. If a student withdraws from an ASB van trip, a refund will be determined by the date in which the student cancels their participation.
- 50% refund for cancellations made before Jan. 15.
- 0% (no refund) if cancellation occurs after Jan. 15.
Once registered, participants must fill out and return the following PDF forms to the OSV at SSA 14.431T. Medical insurance is required for travel. Participants needing to purchase medical insurance for the duration of ASB should contact the OSV.