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What is an Alternative Spring Break?

Alternative Spring Break is where a group of 10-12 college students engage in volunteer service for a week as a counter to "traditional" spring breaks. Each break has a focus on a particular social issue, such as (but not limited to) poverty, education reform, refugee resettlement, and the environment. Students learn about the social issues and then perform week-long projects with local non-profit organizations. Alternative breaks are also drug and alcohol-free experiences, with a heavy emphasis on group and individual reflection.

Alternative spring breaks challenge students to critically think and react to problems faced by members of the communities they are involved with. Being immersed in diverse environments enables participants to experience, discuss, and understand social issues in a significant way. Check out the breaks planned for this year!


Current estimates for domestic driving breaks are $250-300 for the week which includes leadership, education, travel, housing, and most meals. Domestic flying breaks/international breaks can vary due to the cost of airfare. Previous ranges have been $450-$1500. All breaks will raise funds to help cut the costs of the breaks. The cost does not include travel days food, souvenirs, and fun-day expenses. 

How Can I Register?

Click here to learn more on how to participate!

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