Alternative Spring Break Application (Domestic Trips Only)

SIUE Alternative Spring Break offers students the opportunity to serve outside the St. Louis area while deeply exploring a social issue and building lasting relationships. For participation in an alternative break to be rewarding, it requires commitment and dedication. Participants are required to attend regular trip meetings where they will get to know their fellow trip members and become educated about the social issue addressed by their service. After returning from spring break, students will participate in post-trip reflection. Kimmel Student Involvement Center Staff Site Leaders serve as facilitators for each trip and lead all of these events.

All participants must be a Southern Illinois University Edwardsville student, staff, or faculty member, in good standing with the University.

Important Dates and Commitments

The following items are important to ensure quality preparation for the upcoming year with the SIUE Alternative Spring Break Program.

Thursday, October 1: Participant Application Due
Please sign up for an interview time when you submit your application. A link will be emailed to you once we have received your application online.

Thursday, October 1 – Wednesday, October 7: Interviews (Kimmel Student Involvement Center)

Friday, October 9: Participants Notified
Participants will be notified of their status as an alternative break participant via email.

October (Date/Time TBA) – Team meeting

Monday, October 19: First Payment Due

November (Date/Time TBA) – Team meeting

Monday, November 9: Second Payment Due

December (Date/Time TBA) – Team meeting

Monday, December 1: Third Payment Due

January (Date/Time TBA) – Team meeting

Monday, January 19: Fourth Payment Due

February (Date/Time TBA) – Team meeting

Accommodations for Students with Disabilities

SIUE strives to provide effective, reasonable accommodations for students. Please contact Sarah Laux ( to discuss any needed accommodations.

Trip Costs

The SIUE ASB program fees include transportation to the destination and service site, lodging, most meals, educational and cultural community engagement activities (varies by site), a t-shirt, and materials needed for the monthly pre-trip meetings.

The SIUE ASB program fees DO NOT include a background check (if required by agency), travel insurance (international trips only), passport or visa fees (international trips only), meals in transit, souvenirs, extra snacks or special food, or group excursions that are not educational in nature.

Fundraising is possible to decrease the cost of the trip; however, fundraising occurs on a trip-by-trip basis and will be coordinated by participants and Site Leaders.


                                                                   Payment Information

Participants will be responsible for submitting their payments by the stated deadlines. Payment plans are possible and can be discussed with Sarah Laux ( after placements are announced on October 10.  

Four non-refundable payments of $75 for domestic driving trips are due to secure space on the trips. Checks should be made out to SIUE with the subject line Alternative Spring Break. Students paying in cash should place payment in an envelope labeled with their name.  All payments should be submitted to the Kimmel Student Involvement Center, first floor Morris University Center.  A schedule of payments is below:

  • Monday, October 20: First Payment Due
  • Monday, November 10: Second Payment Due
  • Monday, December 1: Third Payment Due
  • Monday, January 26: Fourth Payment Due