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.

Click any of the program titles below to learn more about the service being done and the cost for each program.

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

Click here for the Thanksgiving, Fake, and Spring Break application!

      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 (Wilmington, NC): Explore service opportunities and engage deeply in the Wilmington community.

      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 (Atlanta, GA): Volunteer a variety of agencies in Atlanta and learn about the issues of hunger & homelessness .

       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 a local partner to repair houses and help rebuild damage caused by Hurricane Katrina. (Watch a video from our January 2013 program)
      Native American Issues (Eagle Butte, SD): Serve with local community partners to gain a better understanding of the modern reservation system and the issues facing contemporary Native American communities.
       Urban Education (Los Angeles, CA): Volunteer with local agencies that work to recognize the crucial role early childhood education plays in childhood development.
       Sustainable Agriculture (Clayton, GA): Partner with a local farm to work on biointensive agriculture and agroforestry.
       Affordable Housing (Laredo, TX): Partner with community members in order to help repair the homes of low-income homeowners.
       Youth Development and Education (Washington, DC): Work with at-risk youth to help prepare them for the future.
       Urban Health Disparities (Nashville, TN): Volunteer with public health agencies that serve urban populations experiencing negative health outcomes.
       Disability Services (Greenfield, NH): Volunteer with a community partner to work with children and families that deal with a disability.
       Incarceration and Criminal Justice (Chicago, IL): Work with local partners who serve to assist convicted felons reentering into society.

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: When posted, estimated costs include transportation (airfare or vehicle), 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.