Alternative Spring Break

Join other Heartland students as we volunteer to provide hurricane relief in South Texas.

Alternative Spring Break challenges students to become leaders in cultural and social awareness through education, strong direct service and reflection.

Spring 2018

Hurricane Harvey was the most powerful storm in over a decade to hit the mainland United States. After the category 4 hurricane crashed into the Texas coast, the life-threatening winds and catastrophic flooding has left the local communities in complete disarray. We will join with Community Collaborations International on the front lines in the upcoming months.


You must be currently enrolled in Heartland classes, maintain at least a 2.0 GPA and have no student code of conduct violations.

Application Process: There are two ways to completing the ASB application:

If Financial Aid eligible:

  1. Register for the Service Learning 101-01 Alternative Spring Break Course via the student portal.
  2. Download and print the Alternative Spring Break Packet (PDF).
  3. Return this completed packet and the Semester Bill to the Student Engagement Office (SCB1606).

If otherwise:

  1. Pay a deposit of $25 (non-refundable) at the Cashier Desk in the Community Commons Building (CCB).
  2. Download and print the Alternative Spring Break Packet (PDF).
  3. Return this completed packet and the Cashier’s Receipt for your deposit to the Student Engagement Office (SCB1606).

Applications and deposits are due February 12,th 2018 by noon.

Planning Ahead


After you submit your application, you should expect regular communication from the Student Engagement Office and Trip Advisors. You will be required to attend a pre-trip meeting on February 26th. Other requirements (meetings, events, fundraisers, etc.) will be announced as far in advance as possible.


We are dedicated to minimizing costs to you. Your payment will cover transportation, housing, most meals, a t-shirt and other events. Your payment is subject to change but will not exceed $250 before the trip. Fundraising opportunities will be available to help lower the cost to you. Final payment will be due by Monday, March 5th, by Noon.

We will have a fun-filled tourism activity planned for this trip, and meals during this activity will not be covered.

Contact Us

Stephanie Alvarez-Rivera

Student Engagement Graduate Assistant
Office: SCB 1609
Phone: 309-268-8444

Gavin Lee

Associate Director of International Programs
Office: SCB 1606
Phone: 309-268-8043

Past ASB Trips

  • 2017: Baton Rouge, LA
  • 2016: South  Carolina
  • 2015: Biloxi, MS
  • 2014: Loveland, CO & Washington, IL
  • 2013: Toms River, NJ
  • 2012: Joplin, MS

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