Alternative Break Trips

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What is an Alternative Break Trip?

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The Center for Civic Engagement sponsors an Alternative Winter Break (AWB) and Alternative Spring Break (ASB) each year. During these trips, a group of students tackles a community issue by spending a school break learning about an issue and serving the community. Alternative breaks provide affordable, fun, and rewarding options for school breaks while donating time and talent to communities.

Questions about alternative breaks?

Jessica Winestock – Civic Engagement Coordinator


2017 Alternative Breaks:

Alternative Winter Break: New Orleans, LA

Post Katrina: Issues of Social Justice in Community Development

January 2 – January 7, 2017

Students will spend a week visiting New Orleans, that was tragically devastated by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The trip will focus on various redevelopment efforts and the issues that have been faced through rebuilding New Orleans. Service will include working with various non-profits and grassroots organizations that are dedicated to the success of communities throughout New Orleans. Participants will stay in a bunk house in the lower 9th ward. Opportunities to experience New Orleans culture through music, food, and exploration will be woven throughout the trip.
Student Trip Leaders: Deon Heavens ([email protected]) and Olivia Roberson ([email protected])

Download an application for this trip.

Read about this trip on the Alternative Break 2016 blog, and read about last year’s trip on the Alternative Winter Break 2015 blog.


Alternative Spring Break: Florida

Trailblaze: Conserving Coastal Habitats

March 4 – March 11, 2017
During Spring Break, students will spend the week near Tallahassee, FL where they will be working with the Florida Trail Association. Students will be helping with conservation efforts at nearby national and state parks doing various trail building projects, conservation projects including protecting native wildlife, and assisting where needed. Students will have the opportunity to explore the gulf region and spend time with outdoor activities throughout the week.
Student Trip Leaders: TBD

Download an information sheet or application for this trip.


Alternative Spring Break: Guatemala

Exploring the Stories of San Juan

March 3 – March 11, 2017

During Spring Break, participants will immerse themselves in the community of San Juan La Laguna, Guatemala. Through the week, participants will take Spanish lessons in the morning, followed by service and fellowship throughout the afternoon. During the evenings, students will have dialogue and discussion about Mayan Culture with local community members. San Juan is a beautiful community located along Lake Atitlán. A great location for language immersion, San Juan will surely improve your Spanish speaking abilities. Regardless of your Spanish ability, you are welcome to participate.
Student Trip Leaders: Ariel Rucker ([email protected]) and LaBreshia Taylor ([email protected])

Download an information sheet or application for this trip.