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 Northwest Vista College Library
1st Floor, Redbud Learning Center (RLC)
3535 N. Ellison Dr.
San Antonio, TX 78251
(210) 486-4513
Mon to Thur: 7:30am - 6pm
(doors lock at 5:45pm)
Fri, Sat, & Sun: CLOSED

Travel, Learn and Serve During Your Spring Break

NVC and United Way have partnered to offer this amazing opportunity to NVC students.  For more than seven years, United Way has provided students with an opportunity to give back during their spring break. Through unique collaborations between United Way and partners like Deloitte, MTV and Participant Media, hundreds of students were able to volunteer through life-changing United Way Alternative Spring Breaks in 2013. Since its inception, over 2,500 students have traded in their swim suits for tool belts and participated in Alternative Spring Break in dozens of communities across the country, contributing more than 77,000 hours of volunteer service.  This year we are offering multiple selections of trips to choose from.  Ten students will be selected to attend this years ASB.


To be eligible for this trip, you must be a currently enrolled NVC student in good standing with the college.


A $50 deposit is due at time of application.  The total cost of the ASB program varies with teach trip.  Please view the trips below for the cost of each one.  All fees are due by Feb 27th and are non-refundable.  See application for more details.

How to apply:

 Please e-mail me to receive an application or stop by the Student Life office in HH 109 to pick one up. Deadline to apply is Feb 6th, 2015 by 5pm. 



Contact Kelly Blanco



2015 Trips

ASB Baltimore, MD : $50 Deposit

Understanding poverty and increasing access to supportive services are the best means to reduce homelessness. Break’rs staff food banks, upgrade transitional housing facilities and help maintain shelters. NOTE: Additional $300 participation fee required by Feb 2015

ASB Fort Worth, TX : $50 Deposit

Nearly 1 in 4 residents of Fort Worth lives in poverty. Tutoring, Academic enrichment and coaching provided through ASB won’t eliminate poverty in North Texas, but it is certainly an additional tool to help them succeed. Break’rs will infuse new programs into the daily schedule at Boys& Girls Clubs. Break’rs will help operate a full day camp every day as schools are closed for their Spring Break. Additional $150 participation fee required by Feb 2015

ASB New Orleans, LA : $50 Deposit

Over the last decade, as New Orleans has rebuilt after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, an array of initiatives have developed not only to replace what was lost, but to build some of the supports that didn't exist prior. ASB participants may help with urban gardens, youth development programs and environmental projects that help families keep more of their earnings while also reducing their carbon footprint. Additional $200 participation fee required by Feb 2015 

ASB San Francisco Bay Area, CA : $50 Deposit

Beyond the Golden Gate Bridge and Union Square, the Bay Area boasts a series of rich, diverse communities. Youth development activities led by Break’rs will enrich learning for youth. Side trips to the Pacific Coast and into San Francisco enhance this ASB. Additional $300 participation fee required by Feb 2015 

ASB Tucson, AZ : $50 Deposit

Six Boys & Girls Clubs serve the diverse populations that make up Tucson, including one on the Pascua Yaqui reservation. Break’rs will infuse enriched programming into each of these clubs to promote positive youth development. Hiking and visits to Tucson’s historic downtown further enhance volunteers’ experience. Additional $300 participation fee required by Feb 2015

ASB El Paso, TX: $50 Deposit

You are in for a life-changing experience on the U.S., Mexico border in El Paso, Texas and will help build homes for families while learning about the culture and history of a unique and vibrant community that dates back to the 16th century!  Additional $150 participation fee required by Feb 2015 

ASB Washington, DC : $50 Deposit

Homework help, arts & crafts programming and leading athletic activities are ways in which Break’rs take programming at after-school sites to the next level. Trips to the Capitol and national monuments build on the volunteer experience. NOTE: Additional $300 participation fee required by Feb 2015




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"I love community service! It is very satisfying to give back to the community and to make a difference. It is not only rewarding but it opens the door to opportunity." 

- Grace Morales 2013 

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Marie Morgan, Director of Student Life
(210) 486-4009

Kelly Blanco, Coordinator
(210) 486-4010

Kim Pinder, Admin. Svcs. Specialist
(210) 486-4004

Bianca Ramirez, Sr. Activities Specialist
(210) 486-4526