Alternative Spring Break


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ASB is accepting applications via CareerCentral for New Orleans (Reading Week), Thunder Bay (May 6-13, 2017) and Pittsburgh (May 6-13, 2017).  Once you have submitted your application, you will receive an email (in 1-2 business days) with information on the locations available and asking for your ranked list of preferred locations.

Alternative Spring Break - Be the change

ASB is coordinated by the Experiential Learning team in the Student Success Centre at Western and works with our partners to engage student participants, student team leaders and staff and faculty team leaders in meaningful opportunities defined by the community, while supporting students’ academic learning, developing their sense of civic engagement, and personal development.

Do something different during your reading week

The Alternative Spring Break (ASB) program is designed to allow you and your peers the chance to do something different during Western's Reading Week in February, or enjoy a week-long experience after final exams at the beginning of May.

We have partnered with a variety of community partners and organizations, locally, nationally and globally, who are anxious to benefit from the knowledge, passion, and hard work of students just like you, and look forward to the opportunity of providing hands-on experience working with critical societal issues.

Financial assistance available

Through a generous commitment of funds from RBC, we are able to offer financial assistance to selected 2017 ASB program applicants. RBC is a proud supporter of Western students participating in Community Engaged Learning initiatives like Alternative Spring Break. Interested students should visit the Financial Information section to learn more about awards they are eligible for.