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What is Alternative Break?

Alternative Break, a program of Reeve Union Student Involvement, sends teams of 9-12 college students to engage in community-based service projects during winter or spring break, providing opportunities for students to learn about the problems faced by members of communities with whom they may otherwise have had little or no direct contact. This immersion in diverse environments enables students to experience, discuss, and understand social issues in a significant way, ultimately, moving students towards action to make a positive impact.

2022 Trip Locations

Oshkosh, WI

Jan. 24 – 27, 2022 | No cost

Students participants will meet in Reeve Union at 9 am each morning before heading out to do service work. Each day we will be working with a new agency. We will be working with We All Rise of Green Bay, Hmong Women’s Association Milwaukee and the Christine Ann Center. Transportation and lunch will be provided each day.

Memphis, TN

March 19 – 26, 2022 | $350

Travel by van with other UW Oshkosh students to Memphis, where you will be immersed in the history of Memphis and do volunteer work designed to eradicate misconceptions and make an impact on the city. Participants will be staying in a bunk house, participating in service projects, visiting the National Civil Rights Museum and other Memphis landmarks.



January 3, 2022

Trip participant priority deadline

February TBD., 2022

Memphis participant first payment due


Selection will be based off the AB Trip Application and Interview.

Applicants must have a cumulative 2.25 GPA
(Freshmen should list High School GPA)

Having a record of the following will
remove an applicant from consideration:

Violent or Drug Crimes on CCAP
Campus or Residence Hall Disciplinary Probation
Other incidents that raise concern


Participants will be asked to assist with staffing one of two trivia nights in Feb./March. Students who are participating in the Memphis trip will be able to reduce the cost of their trip through these events.

The Oshkosh-based experience is available to students at no cost. Some meals during the week will be provided as will transportation to volunteer locations.

Memphis will cost participants $350. See trip information for more details. Participants will be asked to make a $125 first payment in February.

Apply To Go!

Applications for 2022 are closed. Questions about future Alternative Break experiences? Email Nicole at