Alternative Spring Break

Alternative Spring Break

Alternative Spring Break (ASB) is an opportunity for students to use their Spring Break to serve those in need rather than themselves.

What We Do

The Alternative Spring Break team leaves campus the weekend Spring Break begins and drive to their service location. Team members live with the communities they serve in order to more effectively minister to each community's needs. Service to the community takes many forms: constructing houses, feeding the poor, tutoring children, building community with the handicapped, etc. The team members’ own spiritual needs are met through daily prayer, reflection time, and Mass. Through their work, each team member learns that their act of self-gift leads to an abundance of spiritual gifts in return.

Cost and Fundraising

This trip will cost $475 per person. We will provide fundraising opportunities throughout the year and ask that the participant personally cover what they cannot fundraise for.

Cost breakdown: 

  • $375 will cover your housing, food, building materials, and Catholic Mission Trip staff. 
  • To cover the cost of the van, t-shirts, and other supplies, we are asking for an additional $100 per person to support our trip. 
  • Snacks, souveniers, etc will not be covered by this fee so bring additional money if you'd like to purchase anything while on the trip. 

Fundraising activities of ASB include an Angel Tree and writing letters to family for contributions. A $100 deposit is required to reserve your spot. *If this cost keeps you from coming, please reach out to Shelby to discuss your options. 


- Group arrives late Afternoon
- Sunday Evening Supper
- Welcome Orientation, Rules, Staff
- Evening Program — Music, Theme
reflection, Small Groups

Monday – Thursday
(Work Days)
7:00 AM Breakfast
8:00 AM Mass if available or Morning devotional

8:45 AM Announcements/Work Groups
9:00 AM Depart for worksite
9:30 AM Work
12:00 PM Lunch
1:00 PM Work
5:00 PM Return Rest/Clean up
7:00 PM Dinner
9:00 PM Evening Program
10:00 PM Announcements
11:00 PM Lights Out
Friday (Free Day)
- Times are flexible, depending on your free
day activity.
7:00 PM Dinner
8:00 PM Evening Program
11:00 PM Lights Out

Saturday: Departure home

Time Commitment

Once registered, you will be expected to help with any fundraising for the remainder of the Fall (unless you are able to pay the fee yourself). You will also be asked to commit to one day of team formation in the Spring, which will be decided after everyone has applied, and of course the duration of Spring Break. 



When will the trip be?
Sunday, March 10 - Saturday, March 16

Where are we going?
City of Lake Charles Community Events Fund  Community Foundation of  Southwest Louisiana


How can I join?
To register, click HERE to fill out the form by November 26th, 2024. Pay your $100 deposit to hold your spot at the time of registration. This can be paid in cash or by check in Campus Ministry, or by visiting our online giving here.  Pay or fundraise the remaining $375 by Feb 25th. *If this cost keeps you from coming on the trip, please reach out to Shelby to discuss your options. 

For any questions please contact campus minister Shelby Ponikiewski  972-721-5165  or