Breaks occur over the academic winter, spring, summer, and weekend breaks, as well as on Fridays. Alternative Break groups partner with nonprofit organizations working to combat social issues in their local area. Click here to see a full list of weeklong break topics and sign up dates.
Breaks are comprised of 12 students total, including two trained student site leaders. Students sign up for breaks based on a social issue they are passionate about serving. The location and organization are disclosed to the group following sign ups.
Prior to departure, participants meet weekly with their group to assist with planning and educate themselves about the social issue they will be serving. Students also learn about the Nine Quality Components of an Alternative Break and the Active Citizen Continuum, which are models for service and leadership in an Alternative Break designed by Break Away.
To learn more about an Alternative Break, check out the links below.
Types of Alternative Breaks Weeklong Breaks (AWB, ASB, ASumB)