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Alternative Spring Break

Join other Heartland students as we volunteer to provide hurricane relief in the Coast of the Carolinas.

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

Spring 2019

Hurricane Florence blew into the Coast of the Carolinas with life-threatening winds and catastrophic flooding, leaving 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.

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, with your academic advisors approval.
  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 initial deposits are due February 22,th 2019 by noon.

 If interested or have questions, please email Stephanie at or call 309-268-8444.

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 25th, 10 - 11:30 am or 1 - 2:30 pm in SCB2112. 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. We will have a fun-filled tourism activity planned for this trip. Meals during this activity will not be covered. Fundraising opportunities will be available to help lower the cost to you. Final payment will be due by Monday, March 4th, by Noon.

Contact Us

Stephanie Alvarez-Rivera

Phone: 309-268-8444

Gavin Lee

Phone: 309-268-8043

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Past ASB Trips

  • 2019: Wilmington, NC
  • 2018: Houston, TX
  • 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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