Alternative Breaks, a program of the Volunteer Resource Center, sends teams of college students to engage in community-based service projects during academic breaks. Students 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 in making a positive impact in their own communities.
Alternative Breaks accepts and trains leaders each fall. It is these leaders that guide their peers on a trip of a lifetime! What makes Alternative Breaks stand out from all the rest? Alternative Breaks is committed to fostering leadership and life long learning component; the program works with a national chapter (Break Away) and are guided by their ongoing expertise. Leaders are trained over the course of the year on how to educate their peers before hand and facilitate reflective discussions with participants on trips so that each person dives into a unique and life transitioning experience through the act of giving. Students are then guided on how to best help in their own communities at home.
This is a private program by request only, or for a specific audience or group and there is a fee to attend.
For more information, please visit the program website.