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 2018 (October 11-13)
- Community Revitalization (Roanoke, VA): Volunteer through REACH, a non-profit organization that connects volunteers with multiple organizations to help meet community needs.
- Food Justice (Asheville, NC): Volunteer with multiple organizations that holistically work to address the issue of food insecurity.
- Sustainable Living (Boone, NC): Unplug for your fall break by volunteering with Turtle Island, a self-sustaining nature preserve that provides outdoor education on sustainable living practices.
Spring Break 2019 (March 23-30)
- Rural Poverty and Housing Restoration (Guyan Valley, WV): Volunteer with Appalachian Service Project to repair and restore homes in Central Appalachia.
- 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.
- Youth Rehabilitation in the Criminal Justice System (Columbia, SC): Work with the South Carolina Juvenile Justice Department to mentor youth within the juvenile justice system. Volunteers will serve as classroom aids and participate in recreational activities, while gaining a deeper understanding of issues connected with the criminal justice system.
- 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. Participants will also have the opportunity to volunteer at a local school and visit with coffee farmers who run a local coffee co-op.
- Rural Education (Treasure Beach, Jamaica): Partner with Volunteers in Jamaica Opportunity Network to support a local primary school. Volunteers will support teachers in classrooms and contribute to sustainable projects that support a school.
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, Assistant Director of Student Community Engagement Programs at firstname.lastname@example.org.