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**When you register, you will need to have your student ID number handy. Even if you haven't received your JAC yet, you have access to your ID number. 

To locate your ID number: 

Log into MyMadison at  Click on the Applicant tab. In the middle of the window under "Personal Information" you will see your 9 digit student ID number.

To complete your registration and secure your spot on the break, you MUST make your payment following the instructions at the end of the online registration.

Registration is now closed.  To find out about additional opportunities during the upcoming academic year, check out our participant information page.

What are Alternative Breaks for New Dukes (ANB)?

We are excited to connect you with other NEW students through service with global partners before beginning classes on campus in the fall. These student-led breaks are specifically for new Transfer students and incoming First-Year students. 

Check out our latest video from the break in 2018! 

Your ANB kicks-off with a day-long retreat where you will meet your student leaders, get to know other participants, and learn more about social issues in the New Bern community. Your team (of 40) will then hop in a JMU van to serve alongside the community of New Bern, NC. Monday-Friday, we’ll work with Fuller Center Disaster ReBuilders to rebuild homes that were damaged by the hurricane and the subsequent floods. No previous construction experience required. Come ready to learn, work hard, and get dirty!

Your ANB Experience

In the 25 years of JMU Alternative Breaks, we have found that these are powerful and life changing experiences because our program is based on a core philosophy of service and learning. Check out our eight quality components here. By registering online for the break you commit to this philosophy including full engagment (which also includes having an alcohol and other drug-free experience).

The online registration does not guarantee you a spot until you also make your payment following the instructions at the end of the registration. If funding is a concern, please email us at to inquire about any assistance.

Once you've registered and paid, you will receive email communication with educational materials and logistics to help you prepare. **Please be sure you're checking your JMU email, as this is our only contact information for you.**  If you are not initially assigned to the break you will be placed on a waitlist.  If you are not moved off the waitlist, your payment will be refunded.

Plan to be in Harrisonburg by 8am on the Sunday your break begins. You will immediately enter a small group of seven to ten, including 4-7 new students, 2 student co-leaders, and 1 faculty/staff learning partner. Groups participate in a morning retreat together before getting on the road to New Bern, North Carolina.  


Current estimates for the break is $85 for the week which covers leadership, education, travel, housing, and most meals. The cost does not include travel days food, souvenirs, and the other group free-time expenses. 


Payment will be due at registration to secure your spot.  You will be directed to a PayPal invoice from the Community Service-Learning office at the completion of your online registration.  Payments will typically be made electronically.   


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