Alternative Spring Break 2013


The Caltech Y Alternative Spring Break Program is designed to place Caltech students, faculty and staff in various communities to engage in volunteer service and experiential learning. Participants gain a broader understanding of the world around them while at the same time making a tangible difference in the community.



  • ASB trips focus on service and education in addition to fun
  • ASB are group/team trips – most, if not all, of the trip is spent with the group
  • Food and lodgings are for the most part rough / rustic – no hotels of fine dinging… hostels or camping, with meals often prepared by the group.
  • Costs are subsidized (and assistance may be available for those with a financial hardship). Lodging, food (except during travel), transportation, and equipment are all included.
  • ASB Trips are Federal Work Study approved sites for those with that form of financial aid.

Yosemite National Park (5 days) Friday, March 22nd - Tuesday, March 26th - $150               

Yosemite National Park (5 days) Friday, March 22nd through Tuesday, March 26th  - Cost is $150 Yosemite National Park, one of the first wilderness parks in the United States and nearly 1,200 square miles, is best known for its waterfalls and cliffs in the world famous valley.  Yosemite sees roughly 3.5 million of visitors each year including some volunteers like us intent on giving a little something back to the Yosemite and the park service. Our group will work in the wild or Park Service facilities.


New York City (4 days) Saturday, March 13rd - Tuesday, March 26th - $ 475 (or $350)

New York City (4 days) Saturday, March 23rd through Tuesday, March 26th - Cost is $475 round trip or $350 one way New York, America's largest city known for its many landmarks - Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building, Times Square, Central Park - offers a rich cultural experience thanks to its large and diverse population in addition to the sites.  Our group will serve with a variety of organizations, some Hurricane Sandy clean-up efforts, other human service centered as we give something back to the community while enjoying all it has to offer.  The one way option exists for those interested in staying on in New York or traveling elsewhere at the conclusion of our scheduled activities.


Trips fees include transportation, lodging, and most food.  Each trip offers you the chance to experience something new, learn about our community and community issues, make new friends... or become closer with some friends you already have, and make a real difference as well.

In the past few years spaces have filled quickly, so don't miss out. 


2013 Application

Space is limited. Apply Soon. Email completed applications to