Summer 2011 Update

Thank you for visiting the Washington, DC Alternative Spring Breaks trip blog! This blog is inactive for the time being. It will be active once again in November 2011, when the new coordinators for this trip are hired. Feel free to browse the information on this blog to get an idea of what the trip has done in the past. If you have questions about this trip, feel free to contact the Boston University ASB Program Managers, Leif Hede-Brierley and Suchie Ravindran, at

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We’re staying in the White House!!!

In case you all didn’t know, DC Co-coordinator Julie is quite the celeb throughout the Washington DC socialite scene, and she has been able to pull a few strings and we’re staying in the White House for ASB! That’s right, we’re going to be eating breakfast with the Obama family and everything.

Ok, so maybe not…Staying in the White House isn’t actually a thing yet, but we’re working on it 🙂

Regardless of whether we are staying the Obama’s guest room or not, you definitely are going to want to go to Washington DC for ASB. Don’t forget, registration is THIS SUNDAY, bright and early in the morning at 8:00am. You can register online at and we expect this trip to fill up first, so make sure you are up and ready to secure your spot on the DC ASB trip!

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As if you needed more reasons to go to DC…

If you could not tell, Sam and Julie are big fans of the Real Housewives of DC. And since we’re going to be in the area we thought we would invite them to volunteer with us at The Capital Area Food Bank! Look at what THE fabulous Paul Wharton just tweeted at Julie!

If you want Paul Wharton and the RHODC to volunteer with us, tweet them @PaulWharton, @stacie_turner, @maryamons and @thereallyndadc.

And follow Julie, @jk_frey; Sam, @LSamSmith; Boston University Alternative Spring Breaks, @BUASB; The Capital Area Food Bank @foodbankmetrodc

Hope to see ya’ll at the ASB info sessions when we get back from break: January 25 and 26 from 7-9 pm in the GSU Backcourt and register online on January 30!

ASB love,

Sam and Julie

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Real Housewives aren’t the only celebs in DC!

Hey Kittens,

It’s currently a sunny, tropical 30 degrees in Washington DC. I bet you all can’t wait for spring break to come so you can get out of this bitter New England coldness…

Well anywho, don’t you want to hear a little bit about where we are going to be volunteering? We’re heading to two different sites in DC, and our trip is going to have a combination of service in both the HIV/AIDS and Hunger issue areas.

First up is Food and Friends. Food and Friends is an organization that prepares and delivers meals to people living with HIV/AIDS or cancer. It started in 1988 with 20 volunteers delivering about 15 meals per day, and today they have 6,500 volunteers and deliver over 3,000 meals every day.

Next up is the Capital Area Food Bank, which is the largest, non-profit hunger and nutrition education resource in the Washington Metropolitan area. Recently Capital Area Food Bank has a visit from their Sesame Street friends to help raise awareness for childhood hunger.

And lastly, one of our fav videos of Elmo.


Julie and Sam

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The Prom I Never Had

Here is a lovely pic of your Washington DC Coordinators Sam and Julie. Just thought we’d give you all a sneak peek into what we look like. 🙂

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First 2011 Washington DC Blog!!!!

It’s time for our first blog post of the year! Get excited for the most amazing ASB trip of 2011 with the very lovely coordinators Sam Smith and Julie Frey! Before we reveal what wonderful services we’re going to be doing in Washington DC, let us tell y’all a little bit more about ourselves.

Sam Smith is a sophomore in COM and SMG, majoring in Advertising and Business Administration. He is originally from Palatine, IL, a northwest suburb of Chicago. Outside of class, he spends much of his time at the Admissions Reception Center convincing prospective students to LOVE BU. He loves coffee, so if anyone ever wants to get on his good side just bring him some Starbucks. Grande nonfat Caramel Machiatto, please! While in Washington DC, he’s most excited for tracking down all of the Real Housewives. Watch out party crasher, Michaele Salahi! Here we come!

Julie Frey is a Senior in COM and CAS majoring in public relations and psychology. Originally, Julie hails from the great state of KANSAS! (and yes, she does know Dorthy). Julie loves Bravo, Dunkin’ Donuts and GLEE! She also owns a pair of glow in the dark feetie pjs that might possibly be making an appearance on ASB this year. While in DC, Julie is most excited for taking pictures with the BABEraham Lincoln Memorial! Get ready to work and smile with your eyes!

WOW Sam and Julie sound great, don’t they? Well, we hope everyone else is getting just as excited for Washington DC as we are! While we’re there we’re going to go Food for Friends and Capital Area Foodbank, but we’ll let you know more on those in the future.

Please comment on our blog and let us know how excited you are too! For now, we’re going to leave you with our song of the week. Enjoy!

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What a great week

On behalf of Zach and our wonderful chaperone, Cassie, I want to thank everyone on the ASB DC trip for making it an experience to remember. I cannot believe with how well we all got along, all the museums we got to see, all the mafia games we played, all the insightful reflections, and the perfect weather we got up until Friday. Thanks for making mine (and Zach’s and Cassie’s) first ASB experience so awesome. I love you guys.

On site for a quick picture break!


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