Frequently Asked Questions

What is alternative spring break?

Bellarmine University alternative spring break (ASB) places students in communities outside of Louisville to engage in community service and experiential learning during their spring break. Students perform short-term projects for community agencies and learn about justice issues.

How much does it cost?

Transportation, housing, and most meals are covered in the cost. Each participant must pay the required $250.00-$350.00 and may want to bring some extra money for any tourist attractions. A non-refundable deposit of $75.00 is required at the time of the application (this can be paid in cash or check—made out to Bellarmine University).

Who can go on an ASB trip?

Any student, undergraduate or graduate may attend Bellarmine University ASB trips. Each trip is accompanied by a faculty member and staff member.

How can I reserve my spot?

All students must complete an application and submit a deposit to secure a spot on any trip. Students must be in good standing with the university and be free from any disciplinary probation. Most trips work on a first-come, first-serve basis, and when all the spots are taken, the trip is closed. Every trip allows 1-2 spaces for alternates in case of any cancellations from participants.

What is the typical schedule for ASB?

Participants will be volunteering almost every day. The schedule will vary depending on the trip and location. It is typical to have team meetings and/or reflection sessions daily in addition to the scheduled service work. Every trip leader tries to allow time for sightseeing, exploring, and may plan small field trips.

Why is it called "alternative" spring break?

These trips are called "alternative" because they allow college students to participate in a more meaningful experience over vacation. Alternative breaks trips are alcohol and drug-free.

Who plans and leads the trips?

All alternative break trips are planned, organized, and led by Bellarmine University faculty and staff.

What is a pre-orientation meeting?

The pre-orientation meeting is run by the faculty or staff attending the trip. It is designed to provide further information about the schedule, activities, and packing list for the trip. It is also a time for the participants to get to know each other and ask questions.

Is the pre-orientation meeting mandatory?

The pre-orientation is a necessary part of the trip and each participant must attend one. Each trip has 2 dates for the pre-orientation meeting so please check with penglert@bellarmine.edu for the various dates and times.

More questions?

Feel free to contact penglert@bellarmine.edu or stop by 225-H Horrigan Hall to ask additional questions or to discuss asb further.

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