Alternative Spring Break

Mt. Parnassus campus of the Programme
for Adolescent Mothers.

Alternative Spring Break 2018: Grenada

The Alternative Spring Break program is an opportunity for students to participate in a volunteer service project in an international setting. Working together with our international partners, we will deepen our understanding of global social work issues while sharing our time and energy in a collaborative process supporting local agency goals. This year, we will collaborate with the Programme for Adolescent Mothers (PAM)  to better understand and support the development of young families in this vibrant, complex environment. Students will develop training materials and activities focused on strengthening healthy families, reducing domestic violence, and other topics identified by PAM students, faculty and administrators..

During FSU’s spring break, we will engage with staff and clients at the historical Heritage House in Mt. Parnassus, St. George’s, Grenada’s capital city. The CSW has longstanding relationships with leaders in Grenada’s social and child welfare services, helping students gain important cultural insights into the concerns and successes of this vibrant Caribbean nation. And of course, we’ll save time to enjoy their wonderful beaches, including Grand Anse and Morne Rouge!

For participation in an Alternative Spring Break trip to be rewarding, commitment and dedication are essential. Participants are required to attend several planning sessions on campus in January and February where they will get to know their fellow trip members, learn about cultural and social dynamics in Grenada, and form task groups for development of program content and activities for use with young mothers.Participants register for and receive one hour of course credit at the undergraduate or graduate level, as appropriate. 

Service project.
  • All participants must be College of Social Work students in good standing with the University.
  • Students must have at least a 2.75 GPA.
  • Applications will also take into consideration students' interest in child welfare, parenting, and adolescent development, and prior experience (if any) abroad. 

Spring Break: March 2018
 Cost: $1,160

The program fee includes tuition/fees for the 1 credit hour International Community Engagement course (SOW 4940/5943), housing located near Grand Anse Beach in 1 or 2 bedroom apartments with a kitchenette, transportation related to project, on-site lunches, insurance and an island tour. Students will be responsible for airfare, some meals, personal expenses and entertainment.

The College of Social Work offers limited internal scholarships for Alternative Spring Break participants. Students should apply using the link below. Additionally, FSU International Programs offers Spring Break Program Scholarships (application due November 1, 2017). Please visit their website for more information.

Program and Scholarship Applications

Important Dates

  • Scholarship Application Deadline- October 4, 2017 (scholarship applicants MUST submit the Program Application by October 18th in order to be considered).
  • Program Application Deadline- October 18, 2017
  • Participants Notified of Trip- TBD
    (Participants will be notified of their status as an alternative spring break participant or if they have been placed on a waiting list.)
  • Accepted students will pay a $100 application fee by November 1, 2017.
  • Non-refundable Confirmation Deposit Due to FSU International Programs- November 15, 2017.
    (A $500 non-refundable deposit is due at this time. This fee covers initial deposits for housing fees.)
  • Full Payment Due to FSU International Programs- December 6, 2017.



To learn more about the Alternative Spring Break program, contact Dr. Neil Abell ( or Jane Dwyer Lee (