Alternative Break Program

The Department of Student Leadership and Service (SLS) sponsors Alternative Break (AB) experiences. Each AB highlights a subsection of the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Students will forego traditional breaks in favor of engaging in diverse communities through education and service; providing a quality community-based transformational learning opportunity. These programs are part of a global movement of students that share a vision for creating a society of active citizens by taking time to learn and serve during their academic breaks.

2021-2022 Alternative Breaks Information: AB's for this school year are in process! We are planning for in-person trips, but will work with our partners to find alternatives to our Alternative Breaks if need be. We will update the site with info as we finalize it!

Thanksgiving Break 2021: November 20th- 23rd, 2021 THIS ALTERNATIVE BREAK HAS BEEN CANCELED.

We are going to New Orleans, Louisiana and work with United Saints focusing on poverty and homelessness from the SDGs. United Saints mission is "to rebuild, repair, and beautify homes for disadvantaged home owners. We assist residents of distressed neighborhoods in reclaiming control of their quality of life through neighborhood cleanup, blight abatement, and by supporting community gardens and community-based organizations." More information on pricing and meetings will be available as it is finalized.

Spring Break 2022: March 6th - 12th, 2022

We  will be helping Hand in Hand Ministries in Louisville, Kentucky to engage in their Urban Immersion Retreat. Hand in Hand's mission is "We want to bridge the gap of various areas in Louisville by creating conversation, enhancing the community and building lasting relationships for our town through community impact projects such as alley clean-ups and home repairs." More information on pricing and meeting will be available as it is finalized.

Follow this link to sign-up for the trip.

Summer 2022: May 15 - 21, 2022

We will be traveling to Walland, Tennessee to work with Once Upon a Time. While there we will focus on ecological restoration by helping clean trails in national forests, planting native plants and removing invasive ones, and working with the Sequoyah museum. Participants will also have the opportunity to learn how to make jam, make bread, or even learn beekeeping! More info about sign-up and cost will be available as it is finalized.

For questions or interest in the programs please contact Emily Yates at or 470-578-2457