Alternative Spring Break (ASB) Program
Accepting Applications January 21 - January 31, 2014

The destination for the Alternative Spring Break (ASB) Program will be Elgin, IL (a suburb of Chicago). We will volunteer with the Northern Fox Valley Habitat for Humanity.



An Alternative Spring Break (ASB) is a week-long trip to various locations throughout the country, exploring a variety of social issues. The ASB Program exposes students to experiential learning, direct service, group discussion, readings, and reflection activities. The primary intention of the ASB program is to expand students' opportunities for civic engagement to the national arena.

Past trips have included Hurricane Katrina clean-up efforts in Mississippi and New Orleans, working in poverty stricken communities in Washington, DC, performing environmental restoration in Point Reyes National Park, Redwood National Forest, Death Valley National Park, and with the Catalina Island Conservancy, and aiding Habitat for Humanity in the efforts to eradicate poverty housing in New Orleans, Biloxi, Los Angeles, and Lafayette, Louisiana. Student leaders facilitate the experience from beginning to end under the guidance of a program advisor, making CAVE's Alternative Spring Break a unique opportunity for students to make the world it's classroom.

Estimated costs depend on the trip; participants are responsible for the cost of the trip (non-refundable deposits are required in payment installments until the cost of the trip is paid in full). An ASB fundraiser will be held to help with a portion of the cost.

The application process begins when a volunteer application is submitted to the CAVE office to schedule an interview which will be conducted in a group. During the interview, CAVE staff will conduct an ice breaker, discuss details of the trip and ask questions regarding interests and skills relevant to volunteer work being performed on the trip in a group setting.

Please note: Placements are not guaranteed; it is contingent upon the screening approval process. It is the sole discretion of CAVE and the Associated Students to place or remove you from a program. Alternative Spring Break trips are based on a selection process governed by group interview process. Having an interview does not guarantee selection for any trip.


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