What is Alternative Spring Break (ASB)?

It's a chance to get your hands dirty and spend your break in service to the community rather than on the beach or the couch. You'll be part of a team in an intense setting somewhere in the U.S., working directly with members of communities that face specific challenges. You might build shelters for individuals who have nowhere to live, help restore endangered natural resources, or connect with youth in need of mentoring. You'll gain knowledge about specific issues facing our neighbors, and enrich your life with the satisfaction that comes from enriching the lives of others and the world around us.

You can expect a thoughtful and well-crafted experience from all our Alternative Spring Break trips.

Direct Service and Engagement Education Team Building Orientation
Personal and Group Reflection Training Substance-free Diversity

ASB 2022: Memphis, TN (March 13th-19th)

Alternative Spring Break will take place in Memphis, Tennessee, working closely with Living Lands & Waters! Students will have the opportunity to work alongside other student groups, as well as the infamous crew, to clean a tributary of the Mississippi River, which is currently loaded with garbage. Since it was founded, Living Lands & Waters has grown to be the only “industrial strength” river cleanup organization like it in the world. Spending up to nine months a year living and traveling on the barge, Living Lands & Waters crew hosts river cleanups, watershed conservation initiatives, workshops, tree plantings, and other key conservation efforts.

During this trip to Tennessee, Waubonsee students will be able to experience Living Lands & Waters and their efforts on the barge, learn about environmentalism and the impact that high volumes of garbage have on communities, and work together to pull hundreds of pounds of garbage out of McKellar Lake! So far, Living Lands & Waters (and over 108,000 volunteers) have removed over 10 MILLION pounds of garbage from America’s rivers!

Applications are now closed. 

Please follow the blog, link to be posted soon. 

If you have additional questions, please reach out to Mary Tosch, Student Life Manager at mtosch@waubonsee.edu.

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Michelle Dahlstrom
Student Life Coordinator
STC 125
(630) 466-6608