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?

Alternative Breaks are $350. Some Breaks require that participants purchase their own flight. We're able to provide an affordable experience, in part, because of the fund-raising participants help with. 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 2017-18 Breaks. Check back frequently for updates!

Affordable Housing in San Diego, California, December 17-22, 2017, $350 (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

Poverty in Guatemala, December 16-22, 2017, $350 (must purchase flight)

  • $100 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 on a needed community construction project, experiencing Guatemalan culture, and exploring poverty issues

Education/Poverty in Granada, Nicaragua, March 10-17, 2018, $350 (must purchase flight)

  • $100 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 experiencing Nicaraguan culture, and exploring education/poverty issues

Environmental Care in Catalina Island, March 11-17, 2018, $350 (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 doing environmental care work (may include trail maintenance, invasive plan removal, native plant rehabitation, and more)

Foster Care/Homelessness in Miami, Florida, March 11-17, 2018, $350 (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 Casa Valentina and other local organizations to explore and address homelessness among young adults who have aged out of the foster care system and other homeless populations 

Poverty in Lima, Peru, March 10-17, 2018, $350 (must purchase flight)

  • $100 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 project, experiencing Peruvian culture, and exploring poverty issues

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