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 justice issue for each program to learn more:


Fall Break 2019 (October 17-19)

  • Hurricane Florence Disaster Relief (Wilmington, NC): Volunteer with the United Methodist Committee on Relief to support the continued work of Hurricane Florence relief in Eastern North Carolina.
  • Food Justice (Asheville, NC): Volunteer with multiple organizations that holistically work to address the issue of food insecurity.

Fall Break 2019 Local Program (October 17-18)

  • Engage in Alamance County: Stay local this fall break and get to know Alamance County by volunteering with multiple local organizations, while visiting locations and participating in fun activities that many Elon students do not get the chance to explore.

Spring Break 2020 (March 14-21)

  • Housing Restoration in Appalachia (Jonesville, VA): Partner with the Appalachian Service Project to repair and restore homes in Central Appalachia.
  • Immigrant and Refugee Rights (Atlanta, GA): Partner with the International Rescue Mission, which supports people whose lives have been shattered by conflict and disasters as they recover and gain control of their future. Volunteers will get to learn about IRM’s various services and actively support their work by volunteering with different programs and populations.
  • Urban Poverty and Inequality (Washington, DC): Partner with the Steinbruck Center to volunteer and visit with multiple organizations who are working to address systemic issues related to poverty and homelessness in an urban setting.
  • Interfaith with the Lakota (Pine Ridge Reservation, South Dakota): Partner with the Lakota Oglala tribe. Volunteers will stay on the Pine Ridge reservation working on infrastructure projects, as well as spending time with community members and guest speakers. Volunteers will not only gain insightful knowledge regarding life and culture on a Native American reservation, but also engage in interfaith discussions with their peers and the community at large. This program is sponsored by the Truitt Center for Religious and Spiritual Life.
  • Community Development (Los Lagos, Costa Rica): Partner with Cultural Connections and Volunteers to support multiple projects. The primary focus of this experience is to help a slum community build stoves and floors in their homes.

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 Kyle Anderson at