Published: Nov. 30, 2018

Students ride ferry to Catalina Island to work on environmental conservation

Students ride a ferry to Catalina Island, California, to work on environmental conservation.

Join a movement of college students who are passionate about making a difference with Alternative Breaks. These student-led volunteer trips during spring break focus on making a positive impact on environmental and social justice issues in various communities.

Here are five reasons to take an Alternative Break trip this spring.

Make a positive difference

There are a variety of trips covering issues on environmental conservation, food access, animal welfare and more. Spend your spring break making a positive difference and supporting a cause you are passionate about.

Travel with a new perspective and purpose

Travel to new places and share new experiences with 11 other students who want to make a difference. Trips for spring 2019 are headed to Louisiana, Tennessee, Nevada and California.

Learn about yourself

Stepping out of our comfort zones is key to personal growth. An Alternative Break experience is a great way to learn not only about issues affecting other communities but to learn more about yourself outside of the classroom.

Alternative Breaks was an awesome experience for me because it caused me to stop and look at my life and start asking questions about myself. The other students in my group had so much insight and knowledge and definitely challenged me in a positive way. Helping a community in need turned out to be really fun. Since my trip, I’ve become involved in planning future Alternative Break trips so that more students can have the awesome experience that I did.” –Kirsten Hayda, student

Meet new people

Traveling with other CU students is a great way to make new friends and get to know them on a deeper level. Each student brings a unique perspective and insight to the group on every Alternative Break trip.

Add to your résumé

Volunteering gives your résumé the hands-on experience you need. You can gain valuable skills like team building, communication and problem solving.

Apply now

All full-time undergraduate and graduate students can participate in the Alternative Break experience. Apply by Feb. 1.

Questions? Learn more about the Alternative Breaks program or stop by the Volunteer Resource Center. You also can attend a 20-minute information session at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 5 in UMC 458—no need to register, just show up!