Illinois State University Spring Break 2023 – These trips take place during the academic winter break and focus on many different social issues such as education, affordable housing, the environment and more. Students learn to become global citizens through powerful hands-on service and reflection. They also interact with other students who want to make a difference.
Students selected to participate in the trips attend two weeks of predeparture meetings during the fall semester to learn about the social issues involved, as well as the language and culture of the communities they will be serving (during international trips). Students also get a free day on each field trip to explore local communities and enjoy the sites!
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Please note that a valid passport is required for all international travel. If you are an international student, see visa/travel requirements.
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All international travel applicants must have an information form completed by an ISU staff or faculty member, graduate assistant, or student employee (such as an RA or student leader) in order to participate. Request a link to fill out this form. Well, thank you!
In 2023 3-13. In January, the Redbirds will travel to Costa Rica to serve in a rural community outside of San Miguel de Sarapiquí. The group will stay with a host family near the service location. The service may include building a cement kiln, repairing a porch, building stairs, and more. The group will have two free days, which may include a visit to a local hot spring, a tour of a coffee farm or the post office.
In 2023 January 8-14 Alternative Breakers will head to Salina, California at the Ashby House. Ashby House supports individuals and families experiencing homelessness or housing instability. Projects may include working in the Ashby House store, remodeling homes and working directly with clients.
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For information about travel expenses, tax discounts and our financial responsibility policy, please see our expenses and payments page. Alternative Spring Break (ASB) is a week-long service during the university’s spring break where participants travel to help meet community needs. Nearly 1,000 students have participated in ASB since it became a student organization in 2000.
Participants explore the root causes of the social problems they work with through pre-trip education and on-the-go reflection. Students meet with the team approximately five times before the trip in March and twice after the trip. Past participants have helped victims of Hurricane Katrina by working with KaTREEn in New Orleans, building homes with Habitat for Humanity in Georgia, serving prison leavers in Texas, cleaning up the Mississippi River through Living Lands and Waters, and more.
Students will also have one free day during the trip to enjoy the facilities of the host city or the city they are traveling through. This structure allows students to get to know the community and its residents on a deeper level to make a lasting impact!
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Bus groups usually consist of 45 participants, six student leaders and three tour advisors.
Participants learn lessons of compassion and service that cannot be learned in the classroom alone, as well as the value of serving individuals, families and communities in need. Students will connect with other participants and form new relationships from the moment they attend Reveal to find out what path they are on.
Applications will be judged on a rubric that includes attitude, teamwork, growth and cultural competency. Be careful in your answers.
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Information about travel costs, tax discounts and our financial responsibility policy can be found on our costs and payments page.