"Alternative Breaks has helped me critically think about the way every social justice issue intersects with others in our world."
Breaks occur over winter, spring, and summer breaks, as well as weekends and Fridays. Alternative Break groups partner with nonprofit organizations working to combat social issues in their local area. See a full list of weeklong break topics and sign-up dates.
Breaks are comprised of 10 students total, including two trained student site leaders. Students sign up for breaks based on a social issue they are passionate about serving.
Prior to departure, participants meet weekly with their group to assist with planning and to educate themselves about the social issue and organization 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
Alternative Breaks offers a variety of options to fit any students' schedule and budget. We offer our weeklong experiences that range from 7-10 days during winter, spring, and summer breaks and travel across the country. Our Weekend Breaks are typically 2-4 days over weekends and Fall Break and travel across the State of Michigan. Friday Breaks are a few hours on a Friday afternoon in the greater Mount Pleasant community. Finally, our International Alternative Breaks are credit-bearing courses that typically travel for 2 to 3 weeks to work with an international community partner.