Huskie Alternative Breaks


What is an Alternative Break?

An alternative break is a short, usually one week-long, service-learning group trip where you get to learn about social issues we face locally, nationally, and globally, get to know those for whom those issues are a reality, and reflect on how that knowledge and those experiences inform your values and your life choices. 

These trips occur during the university's spring break. Each trip has a focus on a particular social issue, such as (but not limited to) poverty, education reform, refugee resettlement, and the environment. Students learn about the social issues through trainings beforehand and then engage in specific projects with non-profit organizations based on the social issue during that break trip.

In addition, student participants enroll in a service-learning course that provides all necessary training and education prior, during, and after the alternative break trip.


Previous Social Issues and Destinations

  • Animal Welfare

    • Grassy Key, FL
    • San Francisco, CA
    • Broken Arrow, OK
  • Civil Rights

    • Selma, AL
  • Development for Under-Privileged Youth

    • Washington, D.C.
  • Disaster Relief

    • Galveston, TX
    • Atlanta, GA
    • New Orleans, LA
    • Joplin, MO
  • Elder Care

    • Kissimmee, FL
  • Environmental

    • Niceville, FL
    • Pensacola, FL
  • Family Wellness

    • Pensacola, FL
  • Helping Undocumented Families

    • McAllen, TX
  • Hunger and Homelessness

    • Washington, D.C.
    • Atlanta, GA
    • Pensacola, FL
    • St. Louis, MO
    • Chicago, IL
  • People with Disabilities

    • Argyle, TX
  • Peer Mentoring

    • Atlanta, GA
  • Rural Education in a Developing Country

    • Nicaragua
  • Sustainable Living in Developing Country

    • Guatemala
  • Youth and Education

    • Newark, NJ