EKU Alternative Break Program

Thank you for your interest in Eastern Kentucky University’s Alternative Break 2015-16! This 9th year of ASB promises to be as exciting and rewarding as ever.  We’re glad you’re considering spending your Spring Break, or part of your Winter Break or Summer Break with us for a week as an active citizen.

Learn about our Spring Break program by viewing out 2016 Packet

What is an Alternative Break Trip?

An alternative break is a trip where a group of college students (usually 10-11) engage in volunteer service for a week. Each trip has a focus on a particular social issue, such as (but not limited to) poverty, education, public health, and the environment. Students learn about the social issues and then perform week-long projects with local non-profit organizations, around their respective issues. 

Alternative spring breaks challenge students to critically think and react to problems faced by members of the communities they are involved with. Being immersed in diverse environments enables participants to experience, discuss, and understand social issues in a significant way.

Why Participate?

The aim of the experience is to contribute volunteer hours to communities in need, and to positively influence your life. After a trip, breakers are empowered to take educated steps toward valuing and prioritizing their own communities in life choices such as recycling, donating resources, voting, etc.  Students can also receive 1 hour of academic credit for this experience.

What are the Costs? What do they Cover?

The cost for each trip includes transportation, lodging, and any fees for all the trips.  Also included in the cost is a provided meal for all meals Monday – Friday, unless the group chooses to each out.  

  • Students will be asked to pay a $25 application fee when they apply for an alternative break. 
  • If selected, students will then pay a $75 deposit to reserve a spot on their respective trip within 10 business days.
  • The remaining balance can be paid by setting up a payment plan with our online system, prior to the departure of the trip