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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. For 2022, Alternative Fall Breaks will depart bright and early on Wednesday morning and return late on Friday night, so you can do service and still have a full weekend for rest and homework! Teams of 10-48 students will immerse themselves in nearby communities to do service projects.

Check out the breaks we offer!


2022 Alternative Fall Breaks cost $75. 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.

We are proud to offer need-based scholarships to help cover the cost of your break. When you complete the online registration, you will have the option to either pay by credit/debit card or to submit a scholarship application.


Registration is closed for fall breaks. Questions? Write csl@jmu.edu, call 540-568-4389 or stop by the Community Service-Learning Office 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 csl@jmu.edu to ask about the proposal and associated deadlines.

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