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Alternative Breaks

Community Service Programs

Alternative Break Experiences

Alternative Break Experiences 2018

The Office of Leadership and Civic Engagement is proud to offer nine Alternative Break experiences! Each break provides an opportunity for students to learn and gain a better understanding of the specific social justice issues listed below. Teams will perform a variety of educational and service activities throughout their trips. Currently experiences range from $150-300. This cost will cover meals, housing, transportation, and service. 


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My Rights, Your Rights, Our Rights!

Focus: Civil Rights and Human, Immigration

Various Civil Rights Organizations

Atlanta, Georgia

Students will have the opportunity to engage with different organizations that serve refugee and immigrant populations. There will be an opportunity to directly speak with people impacted by the issues of immigration as well as those who hope to change policy. In addition to the service, students can expect to develop a better understanding of rights, culture, and as well as a commitment to justice.


In the Heart of the City

Focus: Urban Poverty

Various Community Partners

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Students will take to the streets of Philadelphia to meet with community members and learn about the social injustices that impact the lives of those who call the "city of brotherly love" home. Students will serve with a variety of local organizations working toward building better futures for community members and reflect on how to make positive change in their own communities back home.


Serving Those who Served U.S.

Focus: Veterans Advocacy and Accessibility

Various Community Partners

Mystery Location!

Working alongside veterans and veterans rights organizations, students will gain further insight into the challenges that many of "America's heroes" face. Students will work with community organizations that provide opportunities and support for veterans, and can look forward to understanding the ways to meet the increasing needs of veterans through quality care and services.


Rebuilding Rainelle

Focus: Disaster Recovery and Rural Poverty

Appalachia Service Project

Rainelle, WestVirginia

Following the historic flooding in the summer of 2016 that destroyed over 1,000 homes in West Virginia, students will serve alongside Appalachia Service Project as they assist in the long-term recovery efforts in Rainelle, building and repairing homes destroyed by the disaster..


Restoring Homes, Transforming Lives

Focus: Rural Poverty

Appalachia Service Project

Chavies, KY 

A lack of quality housing is regarded as one of the biggest issues in Central Appalachia, and the Appalachia Service Project aims to improve homes and make them warmer, safer, and drier for families. While serving in Chavies, participants will hear from those directly affected by the economic and social conditions associated with poverty.


A Beautiful Mosaic

Focus: Religious Pluralism and Diversity Washington, DC

Various Interfaith Organizations

Washington, DC

In the nation’s Capital, students will learn about several diverse religions and faith backgrounds in our country as they encounter a network of communities and coalitions that embody the challenges and opportunities of America’s diverse religious landscape. Students will serve alongside community partners of different faiths in a variety of activities, exploring how faith can influence everything from public policy to healthcare.


On Common Ground

Focus: Environmental Conservation

Common Ground Relief

New Orleans, Louisiana

In partnership with Common Ground Relief’s wetlands restoration program, participants will become aware of the ecological and political causes and effects of hurricanes and off-shore drilling. Participants will address specific issues faced in New Orleans and throughout the Gulf Coast Region through tree potting and planting, propagation.


Combating the Epidemic

Focus: Rural Poverty and Health

Various Community Partners

Huntington, West Virginia

Students will receive an in-depth look at harm reduction initiatives in rural Appalachia. Participants will explore the issue of substance abuse and the effect that it has on individuals, families and communities. Throughout the week, participants will serve with a variety of organizations that strive to meet the needs of the community as well as combat the opioid epidemic.

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