Alternative Breaks

Alternative Breaks are immersive service experiences designed to introduce students to new communities while working to address pressing domestic and global social issues. Participating in an Alternative Break is a great way to get to know other students, make a positive impact, and have a meaningful fall or spring break! Check out this year’s programs and click on the links for each community partner to learn more:


One-Day Experience (October 7, 2023)

This fall, we are hosting a 1-day program that will take place on Saturday, October 7.

Animal Rights (Pittsboro, NC): We will spend an afternoon volunteering at Carolina Tiger Rescue to support the organization’s mission of saving and protecting wild cats in captivity and in the wild.

Fall Break 2023 (October 12-14, 2023)

*Scholarships are available for all Fall Break programs

Food Justice (Asheville, NC): Engage in direct service with Bountiful Cities, Root Cause Farm, and Bounty & Soul while learning about food insecurity in western North Carolina. Student fee is $150.

Environmental Sustainability (Wilmington, NC): Learn about the importance of land and water conservation by working with organizations like Cape Fear River Watch and the North Carolina Coastal Land Trust. Student fee is $150.

Spring Break 2024

*Scholarships are available for all Spring Break programs

Community Development (Costa Rica) – March 23-30, 2024: Work with Cultural Connections & Volunteers to complete small construction projects in a small, rural Costa Rican community. Student fee is $1,500. This experience is full.

Refugee Resettlement & Support (Atlanta, GA) – March 24-30, 2024: Spend a week in Atlanta with the International Rescue Committee (IRC) supporting their mission of creating opportunities for immigrants and refugees to integrate and thrive in Georgia communities. Student fee is $300. This experience is full.

Environmental Sustainability (Charleston, SC) – March 24-30, 2024: Engage in direct service with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, the Medical University of South Carolina Urban Farm and other organizations to support sustainability and environmental justice efforts in Charleston. Student fee is $300. This experience is full.

Land Stewardship, Food Justice & Climate Action (Berkeley, CA) – March 25-31, 2024: This program, a collaboration with Elon Hillel and Hillel International, will work with Urban Adamah, an educational and sustainable farm.  This experience will connect you with nature, explore earth-based Jewish practices and the contemporary food justice movement, and create opportunities for self-reflection and connection with others in a safe, supportive, inclusive environment.  Student fee is $1,300.  This experience is full. 

    Alternative Break Frequently Asked Questions 

     Staff and Faculty Learning Partner Expectations and Frequently Asked Questions


    Elon Alternative Breaks is a proud member of Break Away, a national organization supporting alternative break programs at campuses across the country. We integrate Break Away’s 8 Components of a Quality Alternative Break into our program model.

    For questions about Alternative Breaks, contact Andrew Moffa at