Community Engagement Center

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 adviser.

What will I do on a break?

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.

How much do breaks cost?

The cost of breaks and mini-breaks varies, depending on the location, travel method and fee charged by the site. Check the list of breaks (below) for the price of each trip. As you prepare to go, we'll provide tips and tools for seeking personal sponsors. There are also a limited number of Alternative Break Scholarships available for four to eight day trips. Application deadlines: Winter Break trips-November 1, Spring Break trips-February 1.

Where do the breaks go?

Breaks and mini-breaks go all over Utah, the United States and the world. Listed below are the 2016-17 breaks. Check back frequently for updates!

Affordable Housing in Vancouver, Washington, March 12-18, 2017, $700 (includes all travel)

  • $100 non-refundable deposit due at time of registration, remainder can be paid in payments
  • Fee covers all food, lodging and travel, as well as local cultural/outdoor experience(s)
  • Group will be working with Habitat for Humanity on build/refurbish projects (no experience needed!) and exploring affordable housing issues

Disaster Cleanup in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, March 12-18, 2017, $500 (must purchase flight)

  • $100 non-refundable deposit due at time of registration, remainder can be paid in payments
  • Fee covers all food, lodging and on-site travel, as well as local cultural/outdoor experience(s), flight must be purchased separately
  • Group will be doing flood cleanup and exploring issues related to disaster preparedness and local culture

Hunger/Homelessness in New York City, March 12-18, 2017, $500 (must purchase flight)

  • $100 non-refundable deposit due at time of registration, remainder can be paid in payments
  • Fee covers all food, lodging and on-site travel, as well as local cultural/outdoor experience(s), flight must be purchased separately
  • Group will be working with local organizations to explore and address hunger and homelessness

Youth Development in Washington DC, March 12-18, 2017, $500 (must purchase flight)

  • $100 non-refundable deposit due at time of registration, remainder can be paid in payments
  • Fee covers all food, lodging and on-site travel, as well as local cultural/outdoor experience(s), flight must be purchased separately
  • Group will be working with local youth organizations and exploring local cultural and historical sites 

Childcare/Poverty in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico, March 12-18, 2017, $800 (must purchase flight)

  • $200 non-refundable deposit due at time of registration, remainder can be paid in payments
  • Fee covers all food, lodging and in-country travel, as well as local cultural/outdoor experience(s), flight must be purchased separately 
  • Group will be working with underprivileged youth and/or building a needed community facility and exploring Mexican culture and poverty issues

Education/Poverty in Granada, Nicaragua, March 12-18, 2017, $800 (must purchase flight)

  • $200 non-refundable deposit due at time of registration, remainder can be paid in payments
  • Fee covers all food, lodging and in-country travel, as well as local cultural/outdoor experience(s), flight must be purchased separately 
  • Group will be working with local school(s) and/or building a school and exploring Nicaraguan culture and poverty/education issues

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