Carleton University’s Alternative Spring Break (ASB) program is an immersive community-engaged learning experience that connects students to domestic and international partner communities.

This year-long experiential-learning program culminates with a trip during the winter reading week, in February each year. Through this experience, students explore the social, environmental, and economic challenges impacting their partner community, while supporting meaningful, community-led projects.

In 2019/2020, five different experiences will be offered in the United States, Costa Rica and Guatemala. Each experience will focus on a specific theme, including colonialism, emerging markets, environmental sustainability, and immigration.

Students spend months actively preparing for their reading week experience by attending pre-departure sessions, conducting research, participating in local community-engaged learning, and fundraising for their trip.

The 2019/2020 ASB experiences cost between $2,000 and $2500 which includes flights, accommodations and meals for the week. Students accepted into the program are required to cover these program costs.

Funds raised by this campaign will make ASB more financially accessible to students who otherwise may not be able to participate in the program.

The Background

Engaged learning – Alternative Spring Break (ASB) is designed to break down the barriers of education by connecting students directly to the communities, people, and social issues they learn about in lecture halls and seminars.

Empowered communities – Community-Engaged Learning is the foundation of ASB. We work in with communities to facilitate an experiences rooted in respect and partnership.

The Rollout

This FutureFunder Campaign is one of several initiatives the Student Experience Office (SEO) facilitates to make Alternative Spring Break (ASB) financially accessible.

The funds raised from this campaign will be used to offset the costs for the dedicated and deserving students who, without your support, may not be able to participate in this transformative program.


The Impact

“Life-changing”, “eye-opening”, and “unforgettable” are some of the words participants have used to describe their ASB experience.

Participating in this program allows students to develop their skills as leaders and to enhance their understanding of global issues.

By working and learning alongside their partner communities, students experience personal growth and improve their interpersonal and intercultural competency.

Participants overwhelmingly agree that participation in ASB has helped them enhance their critical thinking skills and make real-world connections to their academic discipline.

With your help, even more dedicated and deserving students will be able to participate in the Alternative Spring Break (ASB).

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