Alternative Spring Break – Service Immersion Trip

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Consider joining Sigma Delta Tau during your Spring Break!

Three trips are available this year:

  • March 5 – 10 + March 12 – 17 at The Children’s Home Society, Tampa, Florida
  • March 12 – 17, at The Children’s Home, Miami, Florida


What is Alternative Spring Break?

Alternative Spring Break is a six-day, five-night service immersion trip. This experience is designed to be a hands-on opportunity for sisters to learn more about themselves, others, and the world around them. The charitable organizations we are working with serve individuals who have been affected by child abuse. Sisters will be able to participate in programs that support families and heal children who have been abused or neglected. Sisters will also participate in nightly group discussion and reflection activities. The trip can accommodate up to 10 sisters in each session. These sisters will be selected from various chapters across the country.

Benefits of participating in Sigma Delta Tau’s Alternative Spring Break: 

  • Engage in meaningful service to create positive change related to Sigma Delta Tau’s philanthropic efforts in child advocacy.
  • Learn about and reflect upon the complexity and interconnectedness of social issues.
  • Improve your leadership, critical thinking, and dialogue skills in dynamic real world scenarios.
  • Discuss ideas for continuing community engagement work upon your return to your chapter and campus.
  • Build meaningful relationships with a new community of civic-minded sisters within Sigma Delta Tau.
  • Travel to and learn about new communities, and explore new perspectives.
  • Develop an increased capacity to work across differences to build relationships.
  • Gain valuable experience for your resume.
  • Experience a program that could influence your future career path and lifestyle.
  • Learn about yourself, challenge yourself, and have fun!

Participant Expectations: 

  • Participate in ALL pre- and post-trip virtual meetings.
  • Be open to processing the Alternative Spring Break experience individually and as a group through organized reflection, journaling, and other activities that suit your reflection preferences.
  • Serve as a positive role model, representative, and ambassador of Sigma Delta Tau.
  • Be respectful of diverse communities, cultural norms and values that you may experience in the location you are serving and/or with the sisters on the Alternative Spring Break trip.
  • Commit to being an active contributor to your team and show respect for fellow sisters, community partners, and populations with whom you are completing service.
  • Be organized, self-motivated, adaptable, and flexible.
  • Refrain from the use or possession of alcohol or any controlled substance/drugs for the duration of the experience.

asb quoteWhat Will We Be Doing?

Sisters will participate in a range of service projects that benefit the children. Activities may include: facilitating recreation or arts & crafts programs, after school tutoring, organization projects, beautification efforts, etc. No experience necessary! Below is a typical day on Alternative Spring Break Program.

  • 7:30 Breakfast
  • 8:30 Depart for Work Sites
  • 9:00 – 4:30 Service
  • 5:00 Break
  • 6:00 Dinner
  • 7:00 Reflection, Education or other Activity to Explore the City
  • 11:00 Lights Out

How Will I know if I Am Accepted to Alternative Spring Break?

Applications for Alternative Spring Break will be accepted online until November 1, 2016. Space is limited, and we will be accepting participants based on application responses. All applicants will be notified of their acceptance or the standing of their application by Thursday, December 1, 2016. A few additional important notes about the acceptance process:

  • Our service sites require that volunteer participants be at least 18 years of age or older and in possession of insurance. Those without insurance will be asked to purchase temporary plans.
  • Once the trip is full, two students will be identified as alternates. If for some reason, a student is unable to participate, the alternate will be invited to attend.

Is There a Fee?

There is a program fee of $400 per person. A $75 deposit is needed to secure your spot on the trip immediately following your acceptance into the program. The balance will be due one month before the trip date. These fees can be paid via credit card or check to the national organization and are nonrefundable. The program fee will include ground transportation, lodging, meals, and a t-shirt. Students are responsible for transportation to/from Tampa/Miami and any additional excursions.

Participants have used a number of ways for you to pay for this trip. Keep in mind you can pay for it out of pocket, you can utilize the fundraising packet we will provide to raise money for this trip, or your chapter may also elect to sponsor you on this trip.

What Do I Do Now?

Complete the Alternative Spring Break application online by Tuesday, November 16, 2016.

After submitting your application, you will be contacted to complete a phone interview. Watch for your acceptance to Alternative Spring Break via email by December 1. Upon acceptance, you will attend two virtual orientations to discuss the trip in greater detail, complete paperwork, review guidelines, and get to know other participants! These orientations will be scheduled based on participant availability.

If you have any questions, please email
Jessica Ryan, ASB Chair, at


Here are some special moments from the 2016 trip to Tampa and Miami