Interested in being part of Alternative Break in 2019?

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Plans are being made now for trips next year. For now, take a look at what the Alternative Break program is and where we’ve gone in the past.

What is Alternative Break?

Alternative Breaks, a program of Reeve Union Student Involvement,  sends teams of 9 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.


When do trips take place?

Interim break week – Jan 20-27

Spring break – March 23-29

May interim – dates to be determined


A sample of past trips:

Education and Privilege traveling to Honduras – $1,650

On this trip to Honduras students will be working with the non-profit Organization for Youth Empowerment – OYE. OYE’s mission as a community-based, youth-led organization is to develop the leadership and capacity of at-risk Honduran youth who come from economically disadvantaged backgrounds. In Honduras, primary education is free and obligatory for every child between the ages of seven and fourteen, but the associated transportation costs and income-loss to the household when a child is in school is often too much for families to bear, resulting in children who are forced to drop out of school and are thus unable to complete their “obligatory” education. OYE works to increase the number of students completing their education.


Sustainability and the Economics of Coffee traveling to Guatemala –  $1,450

De La Gente is a non-profit that offers community tourism as a way to create a real cultural experience by encouraging interaction between visitors and local Guatemalans, as well as to supplement income for the farmers and artisans. Our goal is make a positive difference in the lives of the people who visit us while having an impact on the lives of the people and communities with whom we work on a daily basis.


Healthcare advocacy and Diversity traveling to New York City – $880

As students travel to New York on this diversity and inclusion trip, they will volunteer with GMHC. GMHC is the world’s first and leading provider of HIV/AIDS prevention, care and advocacy. Building on decades of dedication and expertise, they understand the reality of HIV/AIDS and empower a healthy life for all. You will also tour NYC and all the diversity it has to offer.


Environmental Stewardship: Giving Back to our National Parks – Arches National Park Moab, UT – $500

Students will travel to Moab, Utah to volunteer at Arches and Canyonlans National Park(s). National Parks rely each year on trail crews, clean up crews and general work crews to keep these federal lands pristine and accessible. The lodging for this trip will either a group campground with amenities or a back-country site.


2018 Participant Selection Timeline

September 25                                 Application for trip leaders are available online

October 13                                       Trip Leader Applications are due

October 19 at noon                        Trip Participant priority deadline – Applicants must sign up for an interview at this time

October 23-25                                AB Trip Interviews

Friday, November 3                     AB Trip Participants notified via e-mail

Friday, November 10                   AB Participants must pay $100 deposit*

*Failure to pay deposit will remove individual from the trip


Selection Criteria

Selection will be based off the AB Trip Application and Interview. This trip is a joint venture between Reeve Union and Student Recreation, as such, there are several outside factors considered during selection.

  • 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

Answers to some of our frequently asked questions

Costs Covered by your trip fee:

Trip transportation

AB T-shirt


Supplies for service work

Meals (each trip will let you know which meals are covered)

International health insurance

Does Not Cover:

Snacks or travel day meals
Extra Activities
Immunizations/Passport (International trips)

Safety and Security Information

All Trips:
Waivers & contact information on site & at university
Emergency contact information sent to parents
Agency contact number sent to parents
Flight information shared
All lodging at secure locations, places to keep valuables

International Trips:
Copies of passports kept
Emergency travel insurance purchased
Registered with US Embassies in countries
Travel agent & university watch for international concerns
Alternative Breaks participants, including Trip Leaders, are required to attend mandatory events, including group meetings and other events and activities.

Alternative Breaks participants are required to abide by the Alternative Breaks Zero Tolerance Alcohol and Drug Policy.

Alternative Breaks participants will occasionally be asked to participate in surveys and evaluations.

Those participating in Alternative Breaks will be required to fund their trips.

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