If you're looking to get involved and make a difference through community service, then Alternative Break is for you. Alternative Break, hosted through Leadership and Service, a unit of the Dean of Students Office, provides students of Illinois State with opportunities to enact social change. Alternative Break takes participants locally, nationally, and globally to help meet needs in the community. Students can volunteer to help build homes for the homeless, feed hungry families, tutor young children, and much more.
Alternative Spring Break (ASB) is a week-long service opportunity in which participants travel across the country to help meet needs in various communities. Past participants have helped Hurricane Katrina victims, tutored teenage refugees, served individuals with HIV/AIDS, and more.
Since its inception over a decade ago, nearly 1000 students have participated in ASB. Participants examine the root causes of the social issues they address through pre-trip education and reflection during the trip. Students meet with their team approximately five times prior to departure in March and two times after the trip.
Participants learn lessons in compassion and service that cannot be taught in the classroom alone, as well as the value of serving suffering families and individuals in need.
Alternative Winter Break (AWB) is a 10-day service opportunity where participants travel internationally and domestically to meet the needs of other communities. These two trips, occurring during the academic winter break, focus on many different social issues like education, affordable housing, environmental, and much more. Learn to become a citizen of the world through strong direct service and reflection, and connect with other students who are looking to make a difference.
Students who are selected to serve on the trip participate in bi-weekly pre-trip meetings throughout first semester to help educate themselves on the language and culture of the location they will be serving.
Club AB consists of individuals striving to be active citizens; people who value the community as a priority when making decisions in their daily lives. The group focuses on the education of issues surrounding the world and making a change through positive decisions and strong direct service in the community. Activities include educational sessions, social events, local service projects, and a weekend service trip.
Club AB meets in Schroeder 212 every other Wednesday at 5:45pm.
All students are invited to participate in Club AB regardless of if they have participated in Alternative Breaks.
1986-2000: Trips provided through campus ministries, religiously-affiliated trip of 15
2000-2006: Office of Student Life began working with the trips; various versions of student-led groups of 15, all of which occurred over Spring Break during this time
2006-2007: 135 participants, 3 trips
2007-2008: 135 participants, 3 trips
2008-2009: 196 participants, 5 trips
2009-2010: 161 participants, 4 trips
2010-2011: 266 Participants, 6 trips +yearlong service
2011-2012: 338 Participants, 9 trips + yearlong service
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Campus Box 3090
Normal, IL 61790-3090
Phone: (309) 438-7346
Facsimile: (309) 438-3147