Behrend’s Alternative Spring Break is a recurring program sanctioned by the University and coordinated through the Office of Student Activities. Oversight of the program falls under the responsibility of the Assistant Director of Civic Engagement & Smith Chapel. Planning and coordination of the program is done through the Reality Check student organization where the executive board members take on specific roles and work collaboratively with each other under the supervision of their Advisor/Assistant Director of Civic Engagement.
This week-long service trip offers participants – 24 students and 4 trip advisors – a complete immersion into a community that may be very different from their own with the specific goal of making a positive, lasting impact on the communities they serve. This experience is designed to engage students on multiple levels including personal development, group and team dynamics, and public service. Through the process of reflection and civil discourse, participants are challenged to grow as individuals and rethink previous assumptions about others and society as a whole.
Student participants and trip advisors are selected from an application process. All full-time, matriculated students are eligible to apply. In addition to the application review, applicants may be evaluated on academic/GPA standing and conduct review.