EV! Alternative Breaks Program

Alternative Breaks are a unique service opportunity. An Alternative Break isn't a 'trip' and isn't a vacation--it is an immersive service experience. We intentionally do not use the word 'trip' to describe an Alternative Break--these experiences are so much more than that. 

Alternative Breaks are designed to introduce students to new communities while working alongside local residents to address pressing social issues. Participating in an Alternative Break is a great way to get to know other students, explore new communities, and get introduced to new types of service. Alternative Breaks are challenging experiences but are immensely rewarding.

“This experience helped me remember why I volunteer and do service.” --2014 participant

      Fall Break 2016 (October 14-18)

      Environmental Issues (Boone, NC): Volunteer with an environmentally sustainable nature preserve in North Carolina and learn about the way residents live.
      Community Development (Asheville, NC): Work with a local charter school and other partners to foster a better educational environment for students.
      Education Disparities (Eastern NC): Work to build capacity, promote health, and increase access to education with the Lumbee Tribe, the largest Native American tribe in North Carolina.
      Community Engagement (Burlington, NC): Explore service opportunities locally and engage deeply within Alamance County.

      Thanksgiving Break (November 19-26)

      Food Insecurity (Atlanta, GA): Volunteer with a variety of agencies working to ensure equal access to fresh and healthy food while learning about advocacy and activism.

      Fake Break 2017 (January 25-29)

      Hunger and Homelessness (Washington, DC): Volunteer a variety of agencies and learn about the issues of hunger & homelessness in our nation's capital.

       Spring Break 2017 (March 18-25)      

       Immigrants and Refugees  (Atlanta, GA): Volunteer with agencies that serve the immigrant and refugee population in Georgia.
       Housing Rehabilitation & Disaster Relief (New Orleans, LA): Work with Youth Rebuilding New Orleans to repair houses and help rebuild damage caused by Hurricane Katrina. (Watch a video from our January 2013 program)
      Native American Issues (Pine Ridge, SD): Work with Re-Member to perform various tasks including building, painting and cooking, while learning about the Lakota culture.
       Urban Education (Los Angeles, CA): Tutor children in Head Start and Boys and Girls Club facilities to recognize the crucial role early childhood education plays in childhood development.
       Environmental Sustainability (Everglades City, FL): Work and volunteer in Big Cypress National Preserve to help with environmental restoration projects.
       Affordable Housing (Roanoke, VA): Partner with community members in order to help repair the homes of low-income homeowners.
       Rural Education & Poverty(Jamaica): Tutor elementary school children while doing additional building and repair projects in Treasure Beach, Jamaica.
       Affordable Housing (Nicaragua): Work with a local non-profit to construct a home for a family while learning about the challenges and strengths of the community.
       Sustainable Development (Guatemala): Work within a local community to construct self-sufficient schools that promote education, employment and environmental stewardship to break the cycle of poverty.
       Community Development and Agriculture(Costa Rica): Learn about sustainable agricultural practices while working with local community members on an organic farm.

Scholarships are available on a limited basis through the Kernodle Center for Service Learning and Community Engagement. Contact us for more information.

“My favorite part was getting to know the kids and the locals. I loved working with them and I learned a lot from them about not only the world, but myself. I wouldn't have traded my spring break for the world.” --2013 participant

        Note: The Alternative Breaks Program aims for total costs of $800 or less for domestic and $1,500 or less for international programs.  When posted, estimated costs include airfare, lodging, food, and program costs.  Once participants reach their destination, they will not need to pay for anything related to the itinerary. Participants may want spending money for things like gifts or snacks.

        For questions about the Alternative Breaks Program, please contact Evan Small at esmall@elon.edu.