Alternative Spring Break

2018 Alternative Spring Break Trip


Saturday, March 17th-Saturday, March 24th

30 UWM students will travel to Asheville, North Carolina, where they will gain a better understanding of Appalachian history, culture, and communities. Participants will engage in service at various non-profit agencies (focusing on issues of veteran rehabilitation, hunger and homelessness, and environmental sustainability) while enhancing their leadership skills. In addition to service, participants will have opportunities to explore Asheville and learn about the unique history of the region.

Applications for ASB are now open! Scroll to the bottom of the page to fill out and submit your application. The application period will close on December 1st.

 Email Michelle Brzezinski with any questions.


Students from the 2016 trip volunteering at Manna Food Bank


How will we be traveling?

We will be carpooling in several minivans from Milwaukee and back.

Where are we staying?

We will be staying at the YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly in lodge style housing. Students will be assigned 2 per room.

What do we do when we are not volunteering?

While we are not volunteering, there will be various recreational activities planned, opportunities to explore the city, individual down time, as well as small and large group gatherings and reflections.

How much will the alternative spring break trip cost?

The cost of the trip is $250.00 divided into two payments.

What does the trip cost include?

  • All transportation and housing
  • Meals except during travel periods and free time spent in downtown Asheville
  • Admission to pre-planned recreation activities

What does the trip cost NOT include?

  • Additional activities not planned in advance
  • Souvenirs
  • Meals during travel times
  • Additional snacks and beverages

What is the purpose of an alternative spring break service trip?

  • Immerse yourself in the community through service work
  • Gain an appreciation of other cultures
  • Experience new things
  • Grow as a person
  • Develop leadership, self-confidence, and teamwork skills
  • Have fun!

Why are there pre-trip meetings?

Pre-trip meetings have been set up so participants can get important information and trip details, meet other trip participants, and get to know staff members that will also be attending. The meetings will generally be one hour long and are mandatory for all participants to attend. If you are unable to make a meeting, please notify a trip staff member as soon as possible. If a participant does not come to a meeting, and hasn’t notified staff ahead of time, they will forfeit their spot on the trip along with their deposit.

What is the drinking/drug policy?

The use of alcohol and drugs while on the Alternative Spring Break trip is strictly prohibited. This policy is for the safety of participants, the group, and the community where we will be serving. If a participant violates this policy they will be reported to the Dean of Students, and asked to leave the trip. They will also be responsible for making their own arrangements and paying for an alternative way home.


We are no longer taking applications for the Spring 2018 Trip, however check back in September for Spring 2019 details.