Alternative Breaks are community service-learning trips during winter and spring breaks. There are also mini-breaks, usually over a Friday afternoon and Saturday. Participants travel locally and internationally to engage in active service, learn about social issues, and have life-changing experiences! Each break is lead by an experienced student leader and overseen by a campus adviser.
Participants are engaged in direct service for four or five full days during breaks. The type of service depends on the trip. SUU students have built homes, worked with underprivileged children, done disaster clean-up, delivered humanitarian supplies, taught gardening, and more! In the evenings, you'll have the chance to enjoy free time, play games, hang out, explore local areas of interest, or just relax.
St. George, Utah, Erin Kimball Foundation, Saturday, March 8, $5
Secure your spot now for a day of service in sunny St. George where we’ll be planting and landscaping for the Erin Kimball Foundation. The Erin Kimball Foundation is a nonprofit organization that provides transitional housing and support for women leaving abusive relationships.
Kanab, Utah, Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, Saturday, April 5, $10
Sign up for a day of service at the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Southern Utah’s scenic Angel Canyon. Volunteering at Best Friends is a special event – for you, and the animals. As a volunteer at Best Friends, you’re giving the animals what they need and want most: personal attention, hands-on care and love. Come give some love to Utah’s homeless pets this spring, you can be sure they’ll love you right back!
San Diego, California, Via International, March 8-15, 2014, $630--currently full, contact Veronica to be placed on a waiting list.
Travel to beautiful San Diego this spring and learn about immigration and border issues. Work with local youth groups, provide water in critical desert locations, feed migrant workers and help with historic mural restoration at cultural sites.
Antigua, Guatemala, International Volunteer HQ, March 8-15, $800*--currently full, contact Veronica to be placed on a waiting list.
Find yourself getting lost doing service in the majestic culture of Guatemala. Volunteers with HQ work with a variety of local organizations doing things like working with children, construction and renovation, environmental work on farms and beaches and more.
A limited number of break scholarships are available for the San Diego and Guatemala trips. Scholarship amounts range from $50 to $200. Application are due by November 1, 2013 for the winter break; February 1, 2014 for the spring trips. Apply for a scholarship now!