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 2020

We unfortunately won’t be running Fall Break programs this year since Fall Break weekend will not happen this year.  Stay tuned for Fall Break 2021 options in the future.

Spring Break 2021 (March 19-21, 2021)

We are accepting applications on a rolling basis until all programs are filled.

Our coordinators are planning programs closer to campus this year as we navigate COVID-19.  Here are a few things to be aware of as we navigate COVID:

  • Since the University adjusted the spring semester calendar, we have moved programs from a week-long experience to a weekend experience to occur March 19-21.
  • All programs will be local and no further than 1 hour from campus.
  • The program will be free for all participants.
  • Participants must wear masks during the duration of the program and remain proper social distancing guidelines.
  • Participants will not stay overnight, but rather stay in their typical on or off campus housing.
  • We will require all participants to confirm a negative COVID-19 PCR test the week prior to participating.

The Education Gap and Education Accessibility
Location: Burlington

The education gap is a major form of systematic oppression – as poverty, identity-based inequality, and red lining affect students’ ability to get a quality K-12 education, but most importantly, a stable path to getting a college degree or alternative career-readiness program. This program will focus on supporting high school students for life after high school, using professional development tools to assist them in applying for college or a job, exploring trade school or community college opportunities, and gaining confidence in interacting with the professional world.

Racial Justice and Civil Rights
Location: Greensboro

Greensboro’s history as a catalyst of the civil rights movement in the 1960s presents a unique opportunity to explore the roots and evolution of local civil rights. Spend spring break diving deep into the history of civil rights in Greensboro up to modern events and injustices through a combination of education and service work. We plan to volunteer and learn from multiple local organizations that utilize community building to address racism, and participate in educational opportunities.

A New Future: Immigration and Refugee Resettlement (in partnership with Elon Hillel)
Location: Greensboro

This program will focus on learning and assisting immigrants and refugees settling in the United States. We will reflect on our nation’s past and our histories as immigrants.

Interfaith and the Environment: Interconnections of Climate, Health, and Agriculture (in partnership with the Truitt Center)
Location: Burlington and Raleigh

Explore relationships between religious traditions and the environment, including interconnections between climate justice, public health, and agriculture. In this Alternative Break, you will also have the opportunity to engage in service with different religious communities.

Housing and Home Repair
Location: Chapel Hill

Join in meaningful service by supporting home building to make an impact on the lives on individuals pursuing home ownership through Habitat for Humanity.

    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