About Us

Our Mission: Alternative Service Breaks aspires to foster a Boston University community engaged in finding new perspectives , achieving social awareness and most importantly, helping others through a collection of meaningful service opportunities across the United States. Alternative Service Breaks illustrates that one week of service can have an impact that endures much longer than seven days.

Alternative Service Breaks (ASB) promotes community service, develops leadership skills, and creates strong bonds among its participants. Since its founding in 1988, Boston University student and faculty/staff volunteers have spent their spring breaks participating in volunteer work throughout the country with focuses such as the environment, affordable housing, hunger, education, public health, and disabilities. Each of the trips is comprised of two Coordinators, seven to twelve volunteers, and one faculty/staff Chaperone.

Last year, ASB was bigger than ever with over 400 participants, including Volunteers, Coordinators, Chaperones, Committee Chairs, and Program Managers. 40 trips traveled all over the country in vans, planes, and buses, and stayed in a variety of accommodations. Service projects ranged from working with organizations like Habitat for Humanity in Ft. Smith, AR building houses for local communities, to working with children at the Target House in Memphis, TN. Overall, the program provides Boston University students with a unique and memorable week of service as an alternative to the traditional college spring break.

Alternative Service Breaks is a Community Service Center program.

Spring Break: March 4th-12th, 2017