Alternative Breaks

What is an Alternative Break?

Alternative Breaks are humanitarian service trips during spring break. There are also mini-breaks, usually over a Friday afternoon and Saturday. Break participants travel 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 advisor.

What will I do on a break?

Participants are engaged in direct service for four or five full days during week-long 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.

How much do breaks cost? And, is there financial assistance?

Alternative Breaks are usually $450 to $800 depending on duration and location. Financial assistance is available. Your Break fee covers lodging, meals, and on-site transportation and activities. Participants are responsible to purchase their own flight.

Where do the breaks go?

Breaks and mini-breaks go all over Utah, the United States and the world. During the 2024 Spring Break (February 24-March 2), the Community Engagement Center will sponsor trips to:

  • Sumter, South Carolina working with Habitat for Humanity ($480, plus flight)
  • San Juan Comalapa, Guatemala working with Long Way Home ($800, plus flight)

Apply for a 2024 Alternative Spring Break