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University of Bridgeport Alternative Spring Break Philosophy:

UB’s Alternative Spring Break trip is intended to challenge participants to reflect critically upon their role in their local, national and global communities through service, activism, engaged scholarship and leadership. ASB provides an opportunity to explore personal, social, economic, political and cultural issues through a unique experiential service learning experience that facilitates critical thinking. The ASB motto is Discovery Through Service.

Past ASB Locations have included:

  • Alabama
  • Washington State
  • New Mexico
  • New Orleans
  • Newark, NJ
  • Los Angeles
  • Puerto Rico
  • Arizona
  • Baltimore
  • Atlanta

Frequently Asked Questions:

1. Do I need any specific experience?

Not necessarily.  All attendees will receive training and guidance for our projects.  We are looking for UB students who are hard-working, caring and willing to make a meaningful contribution to the lives of those in need.

2.What can I expect each day to be like on ASB?

Volunteers will spend the majority of each day engaged in hard work, which will often be physical, as we assist with various service projects. Each evening will consist of reflection and discussion activities. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in cultural and sightseeing activities in the area.

3.What are the accommodations like?

Accommodations are modest and provided by service site for volunteers.  They are usually in a church or volunteer center.  Participants will need to bring sheets/blanket or a sleeping bag, a towel, toiletry items. Communal meals will be served, dietary needs will be accommodated.

4.What is the timeline for the selection process?

Applications will become available starting at the Fall Activity Fair. Applications will then be due by the end of September. Interviews with the Selection Committee take place in early October. Following the completion of all candidate interviews, the Selection Committee will make their decisions and will notify applicants within a week of the decisions being made. Team meetings and fundraising efforts will begin immediately after the group is selected.  No more than 12 students will be selected for ASB.

5.Where are we going?

Because we are looking for students who are motivated by their desire to serve we do not announce the location for ASB. You will find out more details during your interview. The ASB location will be announce at the team’s first meeting.

6.Why should you seriously consider applying for ASB?

  • Serving others is a rewarding experience
  • Build your leadership skills
  • Develop and strengthen friendships
  • See the impact your work is having on communities in need
  • Learn more about the culture of the area we are serving

For more information about Alternative Spring Break, please contact Director of Campus Activities and Civic Engagement Kelli Meyer at campusactivities@bridgeport.edu

CONTACT INFORMATION

  • UB Campus Activities and Civic Engagement

  • Kelli Meyer

  • John J. Cox Student Center, Room 231
    244 University Avenue
    Bridgeport, CT 06604

  • 203-576-4487

  • campusactivities@bridgeport.edu

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