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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, prison reintegration, youth, animal welfare, homelessness, and the environment. Students learn about the social issues and contribute to week-long projects with local non-profit community partners. 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 identified by local community partners with which they are serving. 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!

Cost

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 breakers will fundraise to help reduce the cost of breaks. The cost does not include travel days food, souvenirs, and community exploration day expenses. 

Registration

Click here to learn more on how to participate! There will be a live link available in the homepage when the lottery is open!  This is typically late mid-late October.

Want Your Organization to Host a Spring Break?

Would you like your student organization to have an experience just for them? Proposals follow the same timeline as spring break leader applications and are typically due early April for the following academic year.  Email apb@jmu.edu to ask about the proposal and associated deadlines.

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