Alternative Spring Break

The 2019 ASB Application opens on Friday, December 14th!

UCSC's Alternative Spring Break - entering its fourth program cycle in 2019 -  is a 5-day intensive and immersive experience for a cohort of 15 undergraduates during UChicago's spring break.  

Over the course of the five program days, students live, work, and learn together at an organization, participating in service activities, reflection, exploration of social justice topics, and engagement with community leaders and residents.  This year’s returning Alternative Spring Break community partner will be Living Hope Church/Hope Works Community Development in Chicago’s Woodlawn neighborhood. Participants will contribute to Hope Works's mission of economic empowerment and community development by carrying out short-term people-power projects, supporting youth programs, and engaging with members of the Living Hope and Hope Works.

In addition, participants will have the opportunity to learn about and contribute to other community development initiatives in the Woodlawn Neighborhood, through conversations, discussions, and service alongside a variety of local organizations and community leaders. 

Prior to the start of the program, a series of four Orientation meetings will occur over the month of February and early March, dates and times TBD but generally evenings and spaced out every two weeks.  These meetings, which are mandatory, will provide necessary context, jumpstart community-building, and clarify policies and important information. Following the program week, two Spring Quarter Reorientation meetings will provide space for reflection, evaluation, and celebration (dates and time TBD).

The program is overseen by UCSC Assistant Director for Student Leadership & Advising, along with one undergraduate Team Leader and one graduate Program Coordinator.

Click here for video to learn about ASB from program alumni!

Program Details

  • Alternative Spring Break 2019 will run from the afternoon of Saturday, March 23rd until Wednesday, March 27th.  
  • This is a no-cost program.  Housing and meals will be provided.
  • Participants are asked to arrange housing during the gap between the program's end and the reopening of the dorms, but program staff are willing to support participants through this process. 
  • Accommodations are camping-style, with gender-neutral options available.  Living Hope Church is equipped with a kitchen, showers, and an accessible single-user restroom.


Applications open on December 14!.  

Application Timeline:
Friday, December 14: Application Opens
Friday, January 18th (Second Week): Application Closes (11:59pm) 
Third Week: Qualified Candidates invited to participate in group interviews
Friday, January 25th: Selections Announced
Tuesday, January 29th: Deadline to confirm participation (12pm)

An ideal candidate is someone who is invested in community service and social change and who is looking to take action or to deepen their involvement. However, all first-, second, and third-year undergraduates are encouraged to apply.

For more information, please contact Nick Currie, UCSC Assistant Director for Student Leadership & Advising, at

Apply now!