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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 - Thu: 7:30am - 6:00pm

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.  Five students will be selected to attend this years ASB 2016.


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


The first down payment is due by October 5th. 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 1st and are non-refundable.  See application for more details.

How to apply:

E-mail the contact below to receive an application or stop by the Student Life office in HH 109 to pick one up.


For more information, please contact:

Nathalie Mai Kraft
Phone#: 210-486-4080


2016 Trips


ASB Baltimore, MD    |   Total cost will be $550
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. Volunteers will get to spend some free time both in Baltimore and Washington, DC (30 mins away).


ASB Killeen-Fort Hood, TX    |    Total cost will be $250
The world’s largest military base is the core of this Central Texas community. Military service impacts families in unique ways. This ASB will focus not only on providing direct services to military-connected children, but also to increasing volunteers’ understanding of the challenges and benefits military service provides to families.


ASB Newark, NJ    |    Total cost will be $550
Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg and other philanthropists have dedicated millions of dollars to transform the educational experience for Newark youth. Break’rs provide enrichment services in after-school computer labs, arts & crafts, homework help and physical education programming. In addition, a trip to New York City allows everyone to get a taste of the Big Apple.


ASB New Orleans, LA    |    Total cost will be $550
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.


ASB New York City, NY    |    Total cost will be $470
Volunteers will assist at various agencies dedicated to preventing homelessness and reducing poverty. Moving beyond the standard tourist sections, Break’rs will explore a bit of what it takes to make ends meet in the nation’s largest city.


ASB San Francisco Bay Area, CA    |    Total cost will be $600
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.


ASB Tucson, AZ    |   Total cost will be $570
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.


ASB Washington, DC    |    Total cost will be $530
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.



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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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Nathalie Mai Kraft
Phone#: (210) 486-4080