Alternative Spring Break

Mt. Parnassus campus of the Programme
for Adolescent Mothers.

Alternative Spring Break 2019: Grenada

The Alternative Spring Break program is an opportunity for BSW and MSW 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 of Grenada. 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!

Commitment and dedication are essential for a successful and rewarding Alternative Spring Break trip. Participants are required to attend several planning sessions on campus between January and March where they will get to know 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 (SOW 4940/5943 International Community Engagement) at the undergraduate or graduate level, as appropriate. This class has mandatory attendance. Class meetings will be held on Tuesday evenings from 5:30-8:15. Students applying for spring break should consult with an academic advisor and plan on a spring course schedule that does not conflict with this required course. To the extent possible, admissions decisions will be made before the drop/add period for spring semester ends, allowing students who are not admitted or who chose not to accept an opening in the program to modify their spring schedules as necessary.

Program requirements:

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. 
  • Enrollment in SOW 4940/5943 International Community Engagement and attendance at all pre-departure and post-travel meetings.
  • Adherence to all fee/application deadlines (below).

Spring Break: March 15-23, 2019
 Program Fee: $1,160

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

Program scholarship

The College of Social Work International Programs offers a limited number of $550 scholarships for Alternative Spring Break participants. Students should apply using the link below. In addition, FSU International Programs offers Spring Break Program Scholarships (application due October 24,2018). Please visit their website for more information.

Important Dates

  • Scholarship and Program Applications- Due September 30, 2018 
  • Participants Notified of Acceptance- October 5, 2018
    (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 must pay a $100 application fee- October 24, 2018
  • Non-refundable $500 Confirmation Deposit Due to FSU International Programs- November 7, 2018
  • Full Payment Due to FSU International Programs- December 5, 2018.

To learn more about the Alternative Spring Break program, contact program leaders Dr. Neil Abell ( or Dr. Dina Wilke (  

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