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What is Alternative Fall Break?

Ever feel like your weekends just repeat? Ready to be a part of something meaningful mid-way through fall semester? Break the monotony!

An Alternative Fall Break immerses students in a purposeful service experience designed to connect students and community members while enhancing personal growth, mutual awareness and life-long learning. Alternative Fall Break generally begins on Wednesday early evening and last until Saturday afternoon. A team of approximately 36 students emerge themselves in local or nearby communities within a 4 hour drive to do service projects.

Check out the breaks we offer!


Fall Break costs can vary and are listed on the break descriptions. This fee covers transportation, food, and housing.  The payment is a one-time fee that secures your spot on the break and is due when you register.  
If you would like to apply for a scholarship to help cover the cost of your break, please fill out the scholarship application and submit it to abp@jmu.edu.  Applications are due within 48 hours of your registration.


You can register for your spot on Alternative Fall Break by completing the online registration or by coming to the Community Service-Learning Office, which is located on the 2nd floor of the Student Success Center. Keep an eye out for the Dukes Weekly email at the start of the semester that will confirm registration is open.  Spots fill up quickly, so register ASAP.

Want Your Organization to Host a Fall Break?

Would you like your student organization to have an experience just for them? Typically, proposals are due by the end of the spring semester before you'd like to provide the experience the following fall.  Email apb@jmu.edu to ask about the proposal and associated deadlines.

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