spring 2021

Due to the University’s COVID-19 induced modification of the spring academic calendar, Alternative Spring Break at UVA is shifting our programming to adapt to the updated calendar and uphold University COVID-related guidelines while staying true to our mission and ensuring students have the opportunity to connect with service partners and other students alike this spring. As such, rather than a traditional one-week trip over spring break, ASB will be facilitating one- to two-day service trips in and around the Charlottesville area during the spring semester.

 

With 14 Site Leader Pairs eager to plan service opportunities and connect with ASB participants, ASB service will occur over varying weekends during the latter half of the spring semester. Trips will still fall under our three service categories, with potential service partners including:

 

  • Environmental

    • Camp Holiday Trails

    • Rivanna Trails Foundation

    • Shenandoah National Park

    • Charlottesville Area Tree Stewards

  • Housing

    • PACEM

    • Habitat for Humanity: Store

    • Habitat for Humanity: Build

  • Human Services

    • The Haven

    • International Rescue Committee

    • Salvation Army

    • Sin Barreras

    • Casa Alma

 

We have a limited number of spots remaining for days of service with these community partners, so interested students should submit the brief Rolling Application (found at the top of the page) to be placed on an ASB “trip” this spring!

 

For those less comfortable with in-person service, ASB is facilitating virtual speaker series events throughout the semester with representatives from service partners across the country, leadership at international NGOs, and representatives from local organizations in Charlottesville! For more information on the speaker series and to see the dates, sign up for emails on our homepage.

FAQs:

 

What will service be like this spring?

-       Service differs depending on the community partners listed, but all service will adhere to both UVA COVID-guidelines and the COVID-guidelines of the partners with which we are working. Precautions include mask-wearing during service, smaller groups for transportation to and from service sites, and social distancing when possible.

 

What will trips cost this spring?

-       Since trips don’t include any overnight components or extensive transportation, trips will be extremely low-cost this spring. The only trip costs that participants are responsible for are ASB 2021 dues ($15), as well as potentially being responsible for small transportation costs (splitting gas money) or meals during the service.

 

What will financial aid look like this spring?

-       ASB remains committed to ensuring that trips are accessible to all students. Since trip costs are so low, ASB will offer financial aid (waived dues) on a case-by-case basis to those students who demonstrate need and apply for aid. Participants should reach out to their site leaders to inquire about financial aid requests.

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