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Alternative Spring Break

Alternative Spring Break

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.


Alternative Spring Break at Cal State San Marcos is in its 14th year!
Details about the 2017 trip!

Associated Students Inc. (ASI) will be spending a week in Tacoma, WA working with Habitat for Humanity.

This year's trip will take place during Spring Break (March 18, 2017 - March 26, 2017).

Dates are subject to change based on flight ability.

Application Deadline:

  • Applications for ASB are now closed.


Watch our 2016 Alternative Spring Break with Living Lands and Waters

Picture of ASB Students 2015

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've you 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 include:

Living Lands and Waters 

  • 2016 – Memphis, TN

Habitat for Humanity Collegiate Challenge

  • 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