Alternative Breaks

What is an Alternative Break?

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 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. Spring 2023 breaks are $600. 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 2023 Spring Break (February 26-March 4), the Community Engagement Center will sponsor trips to:

  • Fairfield, Alabama working with Habitat for Humanity
  • Rockport, Maine working with Habitat for Humanity
  • San Juan Comalapa, Guatemala working with Long Way Home*
    *This trip is still pending final approval from the SUU International Travel Office

Apply for a 2023 Alternative Spring Break