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Alternative Spring Break

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Every year, Wilkes students trade their free time during Spring Break for an uncommon alternative – service. The Alternative Spring Break (ASB) Program is a unique opportunity to reach out our helping hands to communities across our nation and across the globe.

Click here to view our 2012 Alternative Spring Break Blog - An Army of Colonels in Kentucky!


Over the past 19 years, Wilkes has joined with numerous organizations to build and repair homes, assist seniors, teach children, and bring help to people who need it most.
Each trip provides an opportunity to experience life in a different culture. Whether it’s food or music, language or dance, politics or recreation, every destination becomes an adventure!
Participants begin thinking critically about social, political, and economic issues in the months before each trip. A three-credit service-learning course is offered to enhance the service experience and to facilitate dialogue about poverty, discrimination, and current topics related to the ASB service location. When students return from the trip, they gave both formal and informal presentations about their experiences and understanding.
Leadership & Teamwork
Service trips are coordinated by student leaders with active roles in facilitating, teambuilding, fundraising, publicity, pre-trip education, and developing the trip itinerary. All participants work together to challenge themselves, take risks, communicate, build trust, and grow more committed to working for social justice.
ASB trips are about building relationships, self-discovery, skill-building, reaching goals, and learning something new. And when you do it all while serving others, what could be more fun?!!
Community Support
The generosity of friends and alumni allows the ASB program to expand and improve every year. This would not be possible without the contributions of Student Government, Programming Board, the Felice Salsburg Fund, and all who supported various fundraisers and events.

To make an online gift to the ASB team, click here.
Our Previous Journeys:
Alexandria, LA
Pipestem, WV
Miami, FL and Santarem, Brazil
Talequah, OK and Germany – Poland
Eastern Kentucky and Lima, Peru
New Orleans, LA
Dominican Republic
Costa Rica



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