How much does it cost to participate in Alternative Breaks?
The fee for participating in Alternative Spring Break is $250 per participant. The payment schedule is posted with the application. Since the actual cost for each trip is higher, trip costs are subsidized through group fundraising.
Is my money refundable?
The application deposit money is non-refundable for all Alternative Breaks programs.
For ASB, full refunds (excluding the $25 deposit) are only granted to trips that are canceled in their entirety. Please refer to the ASB payment schedule (included in the ASB application file) for the 50% Refund Drop deadline.
How do I apply?
Download an ASB application from the Alternative Breaks main page. Bring the completed application and your non-refundable $25 deposit to the VISION Volunteer Center, 346 EMU Student Center by October 28, 2015 at 5pm. Group interviews will be scheduled promptly after. You will have a chance to rank the top issues that you are interested in during your interview session. You will find out your destination and meet other group members at our first large group meeting (refer to application for dates and times). Site leader applications (also downloadable on the Alternative Breaks main page) are due September 23.
Why do we have to sign up for ASB so early in the year?
Alternative Spring Break is not just a week-long program. Groups start meeting in early November to learn about the issue and communities where they will be working. Participating in pre-break service, issue education, group building and fundraising are essential parts of the ASB program.
Do we get to choose where we are going?
Participants sign up for Alternative Spring Break trips based on the social issues they are interested in working with. We alternate the destinations for the trips from year to year, and do not disclose the location of our sites during the recruitment period. The trip reveal and meeting of group members takes place during the first large group meeting (see application for dates and times).