The Alternative Spring Break (ASB) program began in 2000 with 12 students who engaged in meaningful service during their spring break week. In 2013, over 140 students participated in twelve trips at various sites across the United States.

During Suffolk’s 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 9th - 15th, 2014.


  • Denver, CO
  • Meridian, MS
  • Clarkesville, GA
  • Newland, NC
  • Georgetown, DE
  • Passadumkeag, ME
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • Delaplane, VA
  • Puerto Rico
  • Triangle, VA

Class: A four-credit service learning class will be attached to the environmental trip going to Triangle, VA. In order to participate in the Triangle 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.

Cost: Students accepted into Alternative Spring Break are required to contribute $125 by February 14th, 2014. Suffolk will cover expenses such as: lodging, food, and transportation. Students are responsible for baggage fees during transport and meals during travel time. Financial aid is available on a case-by-case basis - contact the Center for details.

Interviews: As a part of the application process we are planning on interviewing a majority of the applicants. After your application has been received we will contact you to set up an interview, if necessary.

Thank you very much for applying. Please do not hesitate to call or e-mail us with questions. S.O.U.L.S. Center for Community Engagement: 617-305-6306 or

Applications are due by 5:00 PM on Wednesday, October 9, 2013.

ASB Application [PDF]

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.