Alternative Spring Break

  • Alternative Spring Break

    Every year, Carlow offers its students several different opportunities to serve over Spring Break.
    Participating in an Alternative Spring Break is a chance to help transform the life of another, in the process noticing a transformation in yourself, as well.

    For more than fifteen years, Carlow’s Alternative Spring Break service immersion experiences have promoted personal leadership development, team building, critical thinking, reflection, and an opportunity to work side by side with a community or organization in need of assistance. Carlow students, faculty, and staff have served in Pittsburgh, New Jersey, Texas, Florida, Louisiana, North Carolina, Jamaica, St. Croix, and Ireland.

    By participating in an Alternative Spring Break, you will make a real difference in the lives of others, increase your knowledge of social issues by working alongside those directly affected, and develop leadership skills.

    The benefits to those participating in an ASB experience include the ability to: 

    • Make a difference for self and others
    • Increase the capacity for service and advocacy of the host organization
    • Promote and increase awareness of social issues by working alongside those directly affected
    • Enhance sensitivity to diversity breaking down and dispelling myths and stereotypes
    • Increase leadership and group dynamic skills
    • Strengthen critical thinking and communication skills
    • Develop and encourage new long-lasting friendships
    • Individually and collectively reflect on the ASB experience

    At the beginning of every fall semester, our various Alternative Spring Break opportunities are made public. When announced, you are welcomed to complete an application. All students in good standing have an equal opportunity to be selected to join the ASB teams. Through fundraising activities, individual costs are kept to a minimum, and partial scholarships are available to help defray costs.