Students move trees during Alternative Spring Break 2015

MIT Alternative
Spring Break

Get serious about your spring break escape


If you’re like many of your MIT classmates, a typical college spring break getaway feels like a missed opportunity. You want a change of pace but also a change of perspective. The alternative? Join a weeklong Alternative Spring Break (ASB) project that tests the knowledge and skills you’ve been working so hard to build.

    Recent ASB projects

    • Supporting local organizations in sustainable agriculture and community development at the Center for Environmental Transformation in Camden, New Jersey
    • Leading education and recreation activities at the Crotched Mountain School in New Hampshire for children with disabilities
    • Teaming up with staff at the Margaret Fuller Neighborhood House to provide programs and social services

    Our goals

    • Practice mutually beneficial community partnerships
    • Create opportunities in which needed, effective public service positively impacts communities
    • Provide spaces for students to learn from our partners about the realities faced in the communities with whom they collaborate
    • Develop skills and knowledge you can use for the betterment of humankind
    • Inspire reflection on the nature of service and social realities around us

    Take a break? Definitely. Recharge your batteries? Absolutely. Return to your studies with a sense of having accomplished something worthwhile in a new environment.
    ASB just may be the alternative you’re looking for. Apply now.

    How to join the MIT ASB program

    • Submit a proposal for our Group Proposal Track. You pick the community partner and recruit a group; we’ll help you think through a partnership that meets the above goals. We’ll also provide partial funding to help make this a reality. Groups can be pre-existing student groups, FSILG’s, teams, or just a group of friends who care about a common public service issue.
    • Sign up as an individual and get placed in our PKG-Planned Track in the spring. We’ll take care of the details, cover the cost of participation, and set up the community partnership.

    Talk to us about Alternative Spring Break

    Email: alternativebreak@mit.edu
    Office: W20-549
    Phone: (617) 253-896


    Events and deadlines

    Group Proposal Track
    Applications for the group proposal track is now closed. Thank you to all of the groups that submitted proposals for ASB 2017 and we look forward to this year’s accepted projects and to next year’s proposals.


    Pre-Planned Track
    Application Deadline: Fri, Feb 17, 5 pm
    Program Dates: Sun, Mar 26 – Sat, Apr 1
    We are currently accepting applications for individuals to join our Pre-planned ASB program. Have fun with your peers while learning about important community needs. This year’s projects will focus on community development in Boston, environment and community in Camden, NJ, and public health in Boston. We cover the cost of travel and participation. Project dates are Sun, Mar 26 – Sat, Apr 1.

    Apply today


    Pre-Planned Track Info sessions
    Tue, Feb 7 at 6 pm, Rm 5-134
    Web, Feb 15 at 6 pm, Rm 5-134


    ASB Team Meetings

    All MIT ASB 2017 participants must attend 4 mandatory team meetings as a requirement of acceptance. The dates for these meetings will take place on Mondays, from February 27 to March 20. All participants will also commit to attending our end of program reflection dinner to celebrate the culmination of our projects.