Find answers to frequently asked questions!
How do I apply for an Alternative Spring Break trip?
The opening for applications is announced here on our site, on Civic and Community Engagement’s webpage and on Instagram @psbservice. We require a written application with several short essay responses. From there we ask selected applicants to participate in a group interview. This consists of group activities, one-on-one questions, and a portion for you to ask any questions you may have. The process is very selective, as we have a limited number of spots available for each trip.
Who is eligible to go on an Alternative spring Break trip?
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.
Will I miss days of class?
Nope! We ensure that our trip takes place solely over spring break in March, so you will not be missing any classwork.
Where will the trip be?
We choose a different location each year! First we identify an overarching issue to focus on (food insecurity, homelessness, disaster relief, education, etc.) and then we find a location where that issue is prominent. The service topic and location are announced each fall. Check back if it’s not currently on our home page!
How much does it cost?
Trip prices include group airfare, food, lodging, and all activities. The price varies due to our destination, length of stay, and program fees. We do ask that students pay a portion of the cost of the trip, in addition to mandatory fundraising. In the past we’ve requested upwards of $350. However, financial aid is available. Contact Civic and Community Engagement if you have any questions or concerns.
How many people go on the trip?
Currently, we are accepting 20 students (in addition to our 5 pre-selected student trip leaders).
Who will be leading the trip?
Reality Check, a student service organization on campus, plays a major role in the planning, implementation, and leading of our Alternative Spring Break trips. The executive board of Reality Check, selected through an interview process, will serve as trip leaders. In addition to our 4 current executive board members, 4 staff/faculty advisors lead the trip.
How can I be a trip leader?
Applications for open positions on Reality Check’s executive board are open after the Alternative Spring Break trip. Information will be provided in March/April of each year. For more information, contact Reality Check or Civic and Community Engagement.
How can I become a staff/faculty advisor?
Get in contact with the Civic and Community Engagement staff to express interest in serving as one of the two available staff/faculty advisor positions.
Is there financial aid or scholarships?
Yes! We do offer an application for financial aid for students who are selected for the Alternative Spring Break trip. We don’t want financial need to be a barrier for you to serve, so simply contact Civic and Community Engagement with any questions you may have!
As an international student can I go on an Alternative Break Trip?
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