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MIT Alternative Spring Break


Thank you to our community partner organizations, student participants and staff mentors for a dynamic experience during ASB 2016. We look forward to next year! Check back soon for the launch of the new Group Project Proposal track (deadline will be in the fall) and for more information about MIT ASB 2017.

Want to spend your spring break participating in service? Join a group of MIT students travelling to various locations around the country to serve a community, and contribute to the greater good for a week. Previous community partners include the Margaret Fuller Neighborhood House in Cambridge and the Center for Environmental Transformation in Camden, New Jersey.

The MIT Alternative Spring Break Program (ASB) seeks to create immersive service opportunities where cohorts of MIT students learn first-hand from community organizations. We recognize these community organizations as the local experts of their neighbor's realities and value their role in educating our students. We seek to:

  • Practice mutually beneficial community partnerships;
  • Create opportunities in which needed, effective public service positively impacts communities;
  • Provide spaces for students to learn from their partner agencies about the realities faced in the communities with whom they collaborate;
  • Develop student skill and knowledge for the betterment of humankind;
  • Inspire reflection on the nature of service and social realities around us.

Please note that ASB participants must be willing to commit to designated training meetings. Volunteering with ASB often involves living in simple conditions (sleeping in sleeping bags on cots or mats in shared group spaces, simple meal preparation, etc), lifting items up to 50 lbs, and some physical exertion (whether gardening, weeding, playing with children, walking or traveling local distances).

Email us with questions.

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Timeline and requirements

Check back soon for the 2016-2017 dates for MIT ASB 2017!

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Apply to MIT ASB 2017

Check back soon for dates and requirements for MIT ASB 2017. We'll be launching a new Group Project Proposal track, along with our PKG Center Planned track.

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