The Alternative Spring Break (ASB) program began in 2000 with 12 students who engaged in meaningful service during their spring break week. In 2014, 120 students participated in ten trips at various sites across the United States.

During Suffolk’s March 2015 spring break, the Center for Community Engagement  will be organizing ten trips for Suffolk students. Teams of 12 students, accompanied by University staff and faculty members, will engage in work related to social justice issues, such as poverty relief, environmental conservation, LBGTQ advocacy and community development. All participants will also be required to attend weekly meetings during the spring semester.

When: Spring break: March 8th - 14th, 2015


  • Denver, CO
  • Meridian, MS
  • Clarkesville, GA
  • Newland, NC
  • Gulfport, MS
  • Passadumkeag, ME
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • Delaplane, VA
  • Aguadilla, PR
  • Triangle, VA

Cost: Students accepted into ASB are required to submit a $125 non-refundable contribution by January 20, 2015 to help cover program expenses such as lodging, meals, transportation and accommodations. Students are responsible for baggage fees and meals during travel time (at the airport or during a van ride). Financial aid is available on a case-by-case basis - contact the CCE for details.

Class Option: A four-credit service learning class will be attached to the environmental trip going to Triangle, VA. In order to participate in this trip, you must register for the class. The course fulfills the extended classroom requirement (ECR). Course description:

ENST 310 Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Alternative Spring Break
From 1933 to 1942 more than 3 million men served in the CCC and dramatically changed the physical and political landscape of the United States. CCC workers planted billions of trees, developed parks and recreational opportunities and transformed farmland across the country. This course will examine the long lasting effect of the CCC program on modern environmentalism and in how we define conservation. Participants will spend a week serving in Prince William Forest Park, a major park development project of the CCC.

How to apply: ASB applications will be available the second week of September on the CCE website and are due by 5:00 pm on October 6th.

Frequently Asked Questions [PDF]

Please do not hesitate to call or e-mail the CCE with questions: 617-305-6306 or

Alternative Spring Break Facilitators
Suffolk staff and faculty facilitators travel with each student group to serve as advisors and offer support and guidance to the group. There is no cost to trip facilitators. If you are interested in applying to become a facilitator for an Alternative Spring Break trip, please contact Tim Albers, the Center's Associate Director.