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What is Alternative May Break?

In November of 2005, Community Service-Learning sponsored a break to offer relief to victims of Hurricane Katrina. Since that time James Madison University has sponsored many more Hurricane Relief breaks at various times of the year. To ensure a lasting commitment, Community Service-Learning has created an annual May break to continue serving the Katrina-affected communities in the Gulf Coast region. Our team serves in St. Bernard's Parish, Orleans Parish, the Lower Ninth Ward, and New Orleans, Louisiana.

Participants will take a coach bus for a 17-hour ride to New Orleans. You can ride in comfort, catch up on sleep, and watch a few movies on the way. 

While the focus remains on rebuilding houses and communities, our break incorporates whatever type of work is most needed. We work with organizations that are on the ground every day, including SBP, Camp Restore, and

This team is filled through a lottery process, which is open to all JMU students. Participants will be assigned to a small group of 8 or 9 with two student co-leaders and one faculty/staff learning partner for each group. Groups meet several times before leaving to make sure everyone is prepared.


Current estimated costs are $350 per person, which includes leadership, education, travel, housing, and most meals.  All breaks will raise funds to help cut the costs of the breaks. The cost does not include travel days food, souvenirs, and community exploration day expenses.


May Break is not scheduled for May 2022.  Check out other upcoming breaks we offer!

Click here to learn more on how to participate! There will be a live link available on the homepage when registration is open!  Registration typically occurs in late January.

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