Alternative Breaks

Alternative breaks place teams of college students in communities to engage in community service and experiential learning during their fall, winter or spring breaks. Students perform short term projects for community agencies and learn about issues such as literacy, poverty, racism, hunger, homelessness and the environment. The objectives of an alternative break program are to involve college students in community-based service projects and to give students opportunities to learn about the problems faced by members of communities with whom they otherwise may have had little or no direct contact. Being completely immersed into diverse environments enables participants to experience, discuss, and understand social issues in a significant way. The intensity of the experience increases the likelihood that participants will transfer the lessons learned on-site back to their own communities even after the alternative break ends.

Past trips include:

  • January 8-14, 2012 - Austin, TX - Helped the food banks
  • January 3-10, 2011 - Atlanta, GA - Helped the community and many different ways
  • March 16-19, 2010 - Omaha, NE - Worked with Habitat for Humanity in the Omaha area
  • January 3-9, 2010 - Slidell, LA - Building Homes for Habitat for Humanity at St. Tammany West
  • March 15-20, 2009 - Denver, CO - Serving The Family Tree
  • January 4-11, 2009 - Padre Island, TX - Hurricane Recovery
  • March 17-20, 2008 - Greensburg, KS - Disaster Relief
  • December 15-21, 2007 - Oklahoma, OK - Love Link Ministries, poor and homeless social service building renovations
  • March 17-24, 2007 - San Diego, CA - StandUp for Kids
  • December 16-23, 2006 - Gulfport, MS - Hurricane Recovery Trip
  • March 20-26, 2006 - Chicago, IL - Franciscan Outreach
  • March 18-26, 2006 - Port Arthur, TX - Hurricane Recovery Trip
  • January 2-8, 2006 - New Orleans, LA - Hurricane Relief Trip
  • March 2005 - Denver, CO - Discovering Opportunities for Outreach and Reflection
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