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Alternative Spring Break (ASB)

student volunteers preparing soil for potatoes.

Alternative Spring Break (ASB) at UIC is a student-led organization that aims to teach student volunteers about specific social issues. We achieve this by immersing them in diverse cultures and environments within the Chicagoland area and across the country, fostering service-oriented learning experiences. ASB aims to engage, educate, and elevate students' social awareness and inspire lifelong commitment to social action.

Our ASB sessions are thoughtfully scheduled during the first week of Winter and Spring Break. Upon completing a session, participants can accrue up to 35 community service hours, which can be applied toward various service awards hosted by the Student Leadership and Civic Engagement (SLCE) department, including the prestigious Chancellor's Student Service and Leadership Awards.


Applications for the 2024 trips are now closed. Applications for the 2025 trips will open later in the year!

ASB 2024 Trips Information

Here's some benefits of ASB! Heading link

  • Educational Opportunity: Participating in any session of Alternative Spring Break can contribute toward fulfilling Honors College prerequisites.
  • Community Engagement: ASB provides an opportunity to actively engage with local or distant communities, learn about their challenges, and contribute to solutions. This hands-on experience can help you develop a deeper understanding of social issues and develop empathy.
  • Skill Development: Volunteering on ASB projects often involves learning and practicing various skills such as teamwork, leadership, communication, problem-solving, and project management. These skills are valuable in both personal and professional life.
  • Networking: ASB can connect you with like-minded individuals who are passionate about social issues and community service. Building a network of peers who share your interests can be beneficial for future collaborations, friendships, and personal growth.
  • Cultural Awareness: Working in different communities exposes you to diverse cultures, perspectives, and ways of life. This can broaden your horizons, enhance your cultural sensitivity, and promote a global perspective.
  • Resume Enhancement: Participation in ASB demonstrates your commitment to social responsibility and community engagement. This can make your resume stand out to potential employers and graduate programs, especially if the volunteer work is related to your field of study or career goals.
  • Personal Growth: ASB experiences often challenge participants to step out of their comfort zones, take on leadership roles, and confront complex social issues. This can lead to personal growth, increased self-confidence, and a sense of purpose.
  • Impactful Contribution: ASB allows you to make a meaningful impact on communities and individuals in need. The satisfaction of knowing you’ve made a positive difference in the lives of others can be immensely rewarding.
  • Travel and Adventure: Some ASB programs involve travel to new and exciting locations. This can provide an opportunity for adventure and exploration while still engaging in meaningful service work.
  • Civic Responsibility: ASB fosters a sense of civic responsibility by encouraging active participation in addressing societal challenges. It promotes the idea that individuals can be agents of positive change in their communities.
  • Lifelong Memories: ASB experiences often lead to lasting memories and friendships. The bonds formed during intense service work can be profound and enduring.

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Here's some of the volunteering we do! Heading link

10 students and staff in red shirts smiling for picture
  • Soup kitchens
  • Ronald McDonald House
  • School/Backpack Drive
  • Food Distribution
  • Make Mondays Matter
  • Hot Chocolate Run
  • And many more…