Alternative Spring/Summer Break – Service Immersion Trip

Spring Break Trip:
March 15 – 20, 2020
CASA (Community Action Stops Abuse), St. Petersburg, Florida

Summer Break Trip:
May 31 – June 5, 2020
Northern Children’s Services, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Alternative Spring Break 2019 in St. Petersburg, Florida

Alternative Spring/Summer Break (ASB) 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. Sisters will also participate in nightly group discussion and reflection activities. Each trip usually accommodates up to 8 participants per session. These sisters will be selected from various chapters across the country.

Alternative Spring Break – CASA

CASA’s mission is to raise our voices against violence through advocacy, empowerment and social change. CASA’s vision is a community without domestic violence so that home is a safe place. Sigma Delta Tau sisters will be able to learn about CASA’s prevention programs and residential advocacy services, including working with their Shelter which supports women and children. SDT is excited to work with CASA because the work they do empowers women and their shelter is a site for one of JWI’s Library Initiative program. Sisters on the ASB trip will explore ways our sisters can empower women through service and get more involved with JWI nationally and back in their community.

Alternative Summer Break – Northern Children’s Services

Northern Children’s Services supports the healthy development of children, while stabilizing their families to build stronger communities. Sigma Delta Tau sisters will be able to learn about Northern Children Services’s behavioral health, child welfare and residential programs, including working with their center which supports women and children. SDT is excited to work with Northern Children Services for the second year because the work they do helps prevent child abuse and neglect in many ways, and their center offers a variety of services to help children, families and the community. Sisters on the ASB trip will explore ways our sisters can empower women and children through service and get more involved with Prevent Child Abuse America (PCAA) nationally and back in their community.

Past participants have stated:

“I thought it was such a rewarding alternative spring break and having the opportunity to educate, work, and contribute to our philanthropy and doing it with sisters on a whole different level that chapters are not accustom to was amazing.”

“I had an amazing experience on SDT Alternative Spring Break. This was such a life changing experience for everyone that participated. I want to share with future sisters on what an impact they can make in the world!”

Benefits of participating in Sigma Delta Tau’s Alternative Spring/Summer 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 interconnection 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-trip and post-trip virtual meetings.
  • Be open to processing the ASB 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 ASB 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.


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.

Application Requirements: 

  1. Must be active and in good standing with your chapter.
  2. Must have and maintain a 2.50 cumulative GPA.
  3. Must submit your application by November 27, 2019.
  4. Must pay a $75 deposit due one week after acceptance immediately following trip participant selection notice.
  5. Must pay in full $400 ($325 after deposit) by January 31, 2020.

How to Apply:

  • You must be 18 or older to apply, and possess health insurance.
  • Space is limited to 8 participants, and two to four alternates will be selected.
  • After submitting your application, you will be contacted to complete a phone/Facetime interview in early December.

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.