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EKU Alternative Break Program


What is an Alternative Break Trip?

An alternative break is a trip where a group of college students (usually 10-12) 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 work on projects with local non-profit organizations, around their respective issues. 

Alternative 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.

Trips take place over fall, winter, and spring breaks! 

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.  

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 (for most trips) is a provided meal for all meals Monday – Friday, unless the group chooses to eat out.  

  • Students will be asked to pay a $25 application fee when they apply for an alternative break. 
  • The remaining balance can be paid by setting up a payment plan with our online system, prior to the departure of the trip.
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