Alternative Spring Break

asb students in a group photo

Alternative Spring Break is designed for students to engage in community service over ODU's Spring Break, working together with fellow Monarchs to positively impact Hampton Roads. Participating students will spend the week learning about themselves, learning about issues impacting our local area, and developing a stronger connection to both our campus and our community through volunteer work, community building, and social activities.


The dates for ODU's 2024 Alternative Spring Break are Sunday, March 3 - Friday, March 8

Interested students can apply to participate via Monarch Groups, beginning February 1, 2024.  Spaces are limited – all transportation to volunteer locations will be provided.

Expectations of participants:

  • Currently enrolled in at least 6 credits at ODU
  • Current GPA of at least a 2.0
  • Willing and able to participate in all activities - both service and community building - for duration of program
  • This is an alcohol and drug free program - participants are expected to refrain from drug and alcohol use during program activities


On-campus residents are permitted to remain in their Housing & Residence Life provided room over Spring Break at no additional charge. If you do not live on campus and want to participate, you are welcome to join us each day and return to your current residence in the evenings / after activities - you do not need to be an on-campus student to participate in this program.


Some meals will be provided. There are built in breaks in the schedule for students to relax and unwind, as this program does take place in conjunction with ODU's Spring Break. Meals will not be provided during breaks in the program schedule.

Cost to Participate: $20

This participation cost will help offset travel and food purchases for the week. If you require a scholarship to participate, please email, and we will be happy to talk further. The program fee is nonrefundable and is due prior to the start of Alternative Spring Break in order to participate.

Previous ASB Program Schedule

Take a look at what students have done during previous Alternative Spring Break Trips!

ASB 2023 Program:
Sunday: Check-In / Dinner and Week Overview – dinner included
Monday: Virginia Aquarium Volunteering / Visit – lunch included
Tuesday: Tie dye, yard games, and Winter Shelter Volunteering – lunch and dinner included
Wednesday: Reforestation Grant / Tree Planting, APEX arcade day – lunch included
Thursday: Volunteering at Chesapeake Center for Student Success and Norfolk SPCA – lunch and dinner included
Friday: Volunteering at Monarch Pantry and culminating lunch – lunch included