EV! Alternative Breaks Program

The Kernodle Center for Service Learning and Community Engagement and Elon Volunteers! offer students the chance to take their love of service on the road!  Planned and led by student coordinators, these experiences allow students to face pressing social issues in communities locally and globally.

        Want to learn more? Click on each program name below to learn more. Applications are available during the fall semester of each school year.

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

        Interested in proposing a new Alternative Break?  Contact Evan Small for more information.

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

        Fall Break 2014 (October 10-14)

      Environmental Issues (Turtle Island): Volunteer with an environmentally sustainable nature preserve in North Carolina and learn about the way residents live.
      Community Development (Appalachian Mountains): Work with a variety of projects and partners to enrich rural communities in West Virginia.
       Education Disparities (Eastern North Carolina): 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.

       Fake Break 2015 (January 29-February 2)

         Hunger and Homelessness (Washington, DC): Volunteer with DC Central Kitchen, a partner with the Campus Kitchen at Elon, learning about the issues of hunger & homelessness in our nation's capital.

        Spring Break 2015 (March 21-28)      

        Immigrants and Refugees  (Florida): Volunteer with agencies that serve the immigrant and refugee population in Florida.
      Housing Rehabilitation & Disaster Relief (New Orleans): Work to repair houses and help rebuild damage caused by Hurricane Katrina. (Watch a video from a January 2013 visit to New Orleans for Katrina recovery efforts)
      Native American Issues (South Dakota): Work with Cheyenne Youth River Project performing various tasks including building, painting and cooking at the local youth center.
      Urban Education (California): 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 (Kentucky): Work and volunteer in the Appalachain Mountain communities struggling with mountaintop removal.
      Rural Education & Poverty(Jamaica): Tutor elementary school children while doing additional building and repair projects in Treasure Beach, Jamaica.
      Affordable Housing (Nicaragua): Work within a local community to construct a home for an impoverished family from start to finish.
     Community Development and Agriculture(Costa Rica): Learn about sustainable agricultural practices while working with local community members on an organic farm.

“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.