Alternative Spring Break

Alternative Spring Break

The Rundown

Carleton University’s Alternative Spring Break program allows students to bridge the skills and knowledge acquired in class with meaningful community service over the winter break.

Students spend a year in preparation for this experience by learning about a specific topic such as poverty, human rights or environmentalism. Over the February reading week, students have an opportunity to put their knowledge into action by participating in a community-service learning experience at the national or international level.

The Background

The Alternative Spring Break program works with several partners in both national and international communities to engage in service projects around a variety of social issues. This year, the service projects students will engage in are related to the themes of education, access to clean water, environmentalism, and disaster relief.

This program comes at a cost to each student who wants to participate – about $2,000 each for national and international experience, to be exact. With your help, even more dedicated and deserving students will be able to participate this year.

The Rollout

Funds from this campaign will make this opportunity more accessible to students who otherwise may not have been able to afford the cost of travel-related expenses and accommodations.

The Benefits

Participating in this program allows students to develop as leaders, experience personal growth, work with and learn from a different community, and connect the ASB experience to their academics. Your help makes this possible. Thank you!


ASB Silent Auction Fundraiser


On November 30th and December 1st, the Student Experience Office organized and hosted its annual Silent Auction in support of the Alternative Spring Break program. We had over 160 items donated from participants, staff members and local businesses. Some of the big ticket items in our auction included: a signed football by Grey Cup winners – the Ottawa RedBlacks, Senators hockey tickets, IKEA prize packs, a go pro, a fitbit, tablets, and tons of gift cards to various restaurants! With the help of the Carleton community we raised over $5,000 for the ASB program. What a success!



Shannon Oberholtzer

Melanie Dow

Danielle Pereira

Cassie Lee

Best of luck!

Melissa Forrest

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