Parents and Families

A participant of Alternative Spring Break reads to elementary school students.

Though classes have only recently begun and the autumn leaves are barely beginning to turn, many students are already exploring options and making plans for Spring Break.  University of Michigan’s Spring Break begins at close of business Friday, February 27, 2015, and classes resume Monday, March 9. 

A growing number of students choose to pursue activities that have a deep impact and enrich their learning. Student Life, through multiple units, offers a variety of such service, leadership, and recreational opportunities; most require an application and space in these programs often fills up fast.

One such opportunity is  Alternative Spring Break (ASB), a student-led service and learning initiative sponsored by the Edward Ginsberg Center for Community Service and Learning. More than thirty trips annually through ASB involve hundreds of students across the country, learning about and serving in a range of social issues.

Applications for ASB are due in mid-October; the students use the time between their selection and Spring Break to build a strong team, research their issue, learn about the host community and raise money to offset trip costs.

Another opportunity is The Michigan LeaderShape® Institute, an ethics-based leadership development experience for students coordinated by the Center for Campus Involvement. 

Designed to be an interactive, energizing and unique experience that challenges and enhances students' perceptions and practice of leadership, it is six days of non-stop self-discovery and learning from practical experiences that build participants’ leadership concepts and abilities. Online applications will be available soon.

A third chance for meaningful break opportunities is through Outdoor Adventures, a program in Recreational Sports that provides outdoor educational and recreational opportunities for all students, regardless of prior experience. They offer a variety of day and weekend trips during the semester and several week-long alternatives during Spring Break.

Led by extensively trained staff, these trips offer unique experiences to venture off campus, learn new skills and meet new people. Destinations have not yet been announced for Spring Break, 2015, but trip offerings are updated regularly.

Additional spring break activities may be available through your student’s residence hall, academic department, or student organization; check with these organizations directly for opportunities.


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September 2014 Newsletter

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