Published: Jan. 18, 2022

stampedeEven though spring break is still a few months away, it’s a good idea to start planning how you’re going to spend that week now. If you’re curious about volunteering, working for a cause, meeting new Buffs or just want to learn something new, consider being part of an Alternative Breaks trip this spring.

What is Alternative Breaks?

The Alternative Breaks program sends teams of college students to engage in meaningful community service during spring break. These student-led volunteer trips focus on making a positive impact on environmental and social justice issues in various communities. 

The program gives you the opportunity to explore the United States all while making a difference through service, reflecting upon your experience and creating long-lasting connections with others. 

Reasons to participate

Make a positive difference. There are trips covering issues like environmental conservation, natural disaster relief and youth education. Spend your week supporting a cause you are passionate about and make a difference.

Travel with a new perspective and purpose. Travel, learn and share new experiences with fellow Buffs who also want to make a difference and give back to a community.

Learn about yourself. Stepping out of our comfort zone is key to personal growth. This is a great way to learn not only about issues affecting other communities but to learn more about yourself outside of the classroom.

Meet new people. Traveling with other Buffs is a great way to make new friends and get to know them on a deeper level. You’ve already got one thing in common to start the conversation. 

Add to your resume. Volunteering gives your resume the hands-on experience you need. You can gain valuable skills such as team-building, communication and problem-solving. Consider becoming a site leader and be the one to lead students on one of next year’s trips!

How to participate 

  1. Using your IdentiKey, sign up to become a member of the Alternative Breaks Group. You’ll then complete your profile, which includes answering questions to participate in a trip over spring break. Applications are due by Sunday, Feb. 6 at 11:59 p.m. Accepted applicants will be notified via email.
  2. Attend a participant information session to learn more about the spring 2022 trips:
  3. Visit the Alternative Breaks website for scholarships and additional information.
  4. Reach out to the Volunteer Resource Center with questions at