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.

The Center for Community Engagement organizes ten ASB trips for Suffolk students to participate in during Suffolk’s March 2015 spring break. Teams of 12 students, accompanied by University staff and faculty members, will engage in a week of service related to social justice issues, such as poverty and affordable housing, environmental conservation, LGBTQ and civil rights, and community building. All participants will also be required to attend weekly meetings during the spring semester.

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


  • Newburgh, NY
  • Delaplane, VA
  • Denver, CO
  • Clarkesville, GA
  • Meridian, MS
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • Triangle, VA
  • Gulfport, MS
  • Newland, NC
  • Aguadilla, PR
  • South Bend, IN

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 on Monday, September 8, 2014 and are due at 5:00PM on Monday, October 6, 2014.  All applications must be submitted through SUconnect.

Instructions for submitting ASB applications:

- Log in to MySuffolk and navigate to SUconnect
- Select Center for Community Engagement (CCE) from the Organizations Directory
- On the left hand side of the CCE page, select Forms
- Select ‘ASB 2014-2015 Application’ from the forms list
- Complete the application and ‘Submit for Approval’
- You will receive an email confirming that you submitted your application.
- You will receive a second email confirming that it has been approved. This second email is only an acknowledgment that it has been received, not an acceptance into the ASB program.  You will be contacted by the CCE staff to schedule an interview.

Frequently Asked Questions [PDF]

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

Alternative Spring Break Student Leaders

ASB trips are led by student leaders who are committed to providing Suffolk students the opportunity to serve and learn in communities outside of Boston. ASB leaders are responsible for all aspects of the alternative spring break trip, including recruiting participants, trip logistics, coordinating with the host site, delivering a social justice education curriculum and leading the actual trip. Serving as an ASB trip leader is a year-long commitment. ASB leaders must maintain a minimum 2.8 GPA.

Leaders are selected during the spring of the year prior to the dates of the trip.  Applications for ASB Student Leaders are currently being accepted for the Spring Break 2016 trips.  The application deadline is April 1, 2015.

ASB Student Leader 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.