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Alternative Spring Break

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Alternative Spring Break (ASB) is a trip during which CSUSM students volunteer their week of Spring Break to work with a community service agency. During this week, students travel to a location outside of San Diego County and help with various duties where needed. These students also take part in numerous activities to explore the area in which they are visiting. This trip is substance free, adding to the "alternative" part of Spring Break. Although students fundraise a small amount for their participation fee, ASI covers the majority of the costs for the trip.

Volunteer Submission Form 

Applications will be open between February 14, 2022 - March 11, 2022

Volunteer Submission Form

Application Information

Applicants who are chosen will be required to make a $50 deposit to reserve their spot. This will be refunded at the end of the trip.

Application Process

Applicants must apply by the March 11 deadline. We will notify applicants on their application status the week of March 14.

All participants must be in good standing with the CSUSM Dean of Students and must have a 2.0 GPA

Student Experiences:

ASB is one of the most impacting experiences that I've come across throughout my three years here at CSUSM. If you enjoy volunteering and doing good for the world around you, and the people, then you'll love ASB! -Hannah Hawker, Junior

If you're looking to give back to the community in a unique way, ASB is an option for you then as you feel great about what you've done and knowing you have helped a family who can't own a home own one and a beautiful one at that. -Steven Aguilar, Freshman

ASB is the best way to spend spring break. Being able to help people in need is one of the most amazing feelings and ASB does that in a fun and memorable way. When we were not working, we were explore Washington D.C. and making strong friendships. Going on Alternative Spring Break is an opportunity you don't want to miss! -Veronique Fisher, Sophomore 

Past Trips

Living Lands and Waters 

  • 2016 – Memphis, TN

Habitat for Humanity Collegiate Challenge

  • 2020 - Vail, CO
  • 2019 - Tacoma, WA
  • 2018 - New Castle County, DE
  • 2017 - Tacoma, WA
  • 2015 – Oklahoma City, OK
  • 2014 – Washington, D.C.
  • 2013 – Washington, D.C.
  • 2012 – Washington, D.C.
  • 2011 – Washington, D.C.
  • 2010 – New Orleans, LA
  • 2009 – Cleveland, OH
  • 2008 – New Orleans, LA
  • 2007 – New Orleans, LA
  • 2006 – Oakland, CA

GLIDE Organization

  • 2005 – San Francisco, CA
  • 2004 – San Francisco, CA