Alternative Spring Break

Bristol, UK


Community Partners

St. Stephen's CommunityTrinity College, Bristol Baptist College, John Welsey's Chapel and the New Room 


Sustainable Cities and Communities, Reduced Inequalities

*Taken From: The Global Goals For Sustainable Development

Dates of Travel

February 16 - 24, 2018 (Please note the flight dates.  The group will be departing Western the afternoon of Friday, February 16, 2018)

Number of Participants

10 Student Participants
2 Student Team Leader
2 Faculty/Staff Team Leaders


Today, half the world's population lives in cities, rising to 60% by 2030.  At the same time, almost a billion people live in slums.  Urban expansion, consumer waster, and environmental pollution are on the rise as well as cultural upheavals due to increased mobility and migration.  Cities are also places to celebrate diverse peoples, cultures, and technological innovation.

On the ASB Bristol experience, students will be able to explore important questions like: How can Christians and churches continue to serve at the cutting edge of civic progress?  What resources do Christians have for contributing to flourishing and sustainable cities?  How is Bristol's rich history intertwined with religion, political progress, urban development and cultural renewal?

Unlike other ASB locations, ASB Bristol has a religious focus, specifically Christian.  Any student, regardless of religious belief or none, is most welcome to apply.  It is important to note that all activities will be conducted within a Christian framework.  We will be attending and fully participating in Christian worship services and leading Christian ministries of service and outreach to the community.  It is expected that all participants on the trip will be fully engaged in the activities with deep respect for our community partners.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the Alternative Spring Break 2018 program, students participating in this experience will be able to:


$2,500 CAD (cost subject to change)

Trip cost covers:

Sample Day

7:00 am:


7:30 am:

Travel to community organization

8:00 am - 4:00 pm:

Service with organization (breakfast and lunch included)

4:00-4:30 pm:

Return to lodging

4:30-7:00 pm:

Dinner and Free Time

7:00-8:30 pm:

Team Reflection

8:30-10:00 pm:

Free Time


Students will be staying together in University of Bristol residences and/or conference centres.


All meals will be covered in program fee and provided by community partners or in the community.

Other activities may include