Alternative Spring Break Program

The Castleton Alternative Spring Break Program mission is to promote service at regional and national levels through break-oriented programs that immerse students, faculty, and staff in different cultures, while increasing social awareness and promoting lifelong community service.

Alternative Spring Break is a substance free, student-run, organization which seeks to raise awareness of global issues through education and service learning experiences. ASB is looking for both leaders and participants.

Alternative Spring Break began at Castleton in 1995 by a group of students who decided they did not want to do the typical college spring break trip. On their first trip they traveled to Boston, MA., where they volunteered with the physically challenged, elderly, and homeless. What began as an interest grew into a national movement, and that was the beginning of the Alternative Spring Break.

Previous Castleton Alternative Spring Break Trips

  • 2010 - Caserio El Izacanal School, El Salvador
  • 2009 - Animal Rescue New Orleans (ARNO) - New Orleans, LA
  • 2006 - Hurricane Katrina Relief - New Orleans, LA
  • 2005 - Project Chacocente - Nicaragua
  • 2004 - Project Chacocente - Nicaragua
  • 2003 - Facilitating Leadership In Youth - Washington, DC
  • 2002 - Habitat for Humanity, International - New Orleans, LA
  • 2001 - Martha O’Bryan Center - Nashville, TN
  • 2000 - Project Open Hand - Atlanta, GA
  • 1999 - Project Hospitality - Staten Island, NY
  • 1998 - Gods Love We Deliver - Manhattan, NY
  • 1997 - Greater Boston Food Bank & AIDS Action Committee - Boston, MA
  • 1996 - Greater Boston Food Bank, AIDS Action Committee, and Rosie’s Place - Boston, MA
  • 1995 - Boston Aid to the Blind, Kit Clark Senior Center, Rosie’s Place, and Greater Boston Food Bank - Boston, MA

Alternative Spring Break is a member of Break Away, a national nonprofit organization that supports the development of quality alternative break programs.