go all in - alternative breaks


Saturday, March 25–Sunday, April 2, 2023


Alternative Breaks Interest Form


Go all in! Alternative Breaks sends teams of college students to engage in meaningful service during their breaks from school. This week-long journey over spring break provides students with the opportunity to explore the United States while making a difference through service, reflecting upon their experience and creating long-lasting connections with others. To learn more, review the Alternative Breaks Participant Expectations. We hope you’ll be a part of this experience!

Program Cost

There is an all-inclusive fee required for participation (includes transportation, food, lodging, community partner fees, some entertainment activities and most means). Program costs vary by each program's location and activities. More information will be made available closer to program departure dates.

Participant Application

To be notified when the participant application for 2023 spring break trips becomes available, please complete the interest form.

Information Sessions

Want to learn more about how you can participate in Alternative Breaks? Attend an information session to learn more, including what you can expect to do on an Alternative Breaks trip, cost and scholarship opportunities; what you’ll gain from this experience and how to apply. Information sessions will be held from 5-6 p.m. on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, Nov. 15
  • Monday, Nov. 28
  • Thursday, Jan. 19
  • Monday, Jan. 23

Sign up on CUServes to attend an info session.

Examples of Past Spring Break Programs

  • Trip Description: Spend your spring break improving the lives and homes of those affected by natural disasters with a group of fellow CU students. You will be working in an area that has been continuously hit by hurricanes and major flooding, with an organization that focuses on long-term recovery from disasters. On this trip, you’ll be immersed in teamwork and will gain valuable skills by doing a variety of construction tasks that site supervisors will train you on.
  • Location: Louisiana
  • Trip Dates: Saturday, March 19 – Sunday, March 27, 2022
  • COVID-19 Information: All participants of this trip must provide proof of vaccination as required by the partner organization.

Meet the Site Leaders

Becca (left) and Perry (right) posing for a photo on the 5th floor of the UMC.Hello there! Our names are Becca Cone (she/her) and Perry Barth (she/her), and we’re so excited to be leading Building from the Ground Up: Aftermath of a Natural Disaster!

Perry is a senior majoring in psychology. Becca is a senior studying biochemistry and international affairs.

We are excited to be involved with Alternative Breaks, and we love how the program provides us the opportunity to immerse ourselves in a new community and educate ourselves on different issues that affect those communities. Join us over spring break for a week of incredible service and fun times as we dive into natural disaster relief work!

  • Trip Description: Come join us on a trip to a beautiful outdoor education science camp to learn about the many living species and activities Mother Nature has to offer us and the fifth and sixth graders we will have the privilege of mentoring and supporting. Be prepared for picnics, campfires and night hikes while providing a safe space for sharing and inclusivity! You will be trained as a camp counselor to guide and support the camp attendees as they learn about outdoor recreation and science. As a camp counselor, you are an integral part of each camp attendees experience as someone who listens, is ready to have a ton of fun and learn together!
  • Location: California
  • Trip Dates: Saturday, March 19–Sunday, March 27, 2022
  • COVID-19 Information: All participants of this trip must provide proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test taken within 72 hours of arrival as required by the partner organization.

Meet the Site Leaders

Angela (left) and Madison (right) posing for a photo on the 5th floor of the UMC.Hey, Buffs! We are Angela Wongson (she/hers) and Madison Cunningham (she/hers) and we will be your site leaders for The S’more Nature the Better.

Angela (an Aquarius) is a junior majoring in integrative physiology and Madison (a Pisces) is a junior majoring in international affairs and environmental science.

This is our first experience with Alternative Breaks and we are so thankful to join an organization that has taught us the mindfulness of inclusion and service. Team up with us for a purposeful journey of learning about youth access to outdoor education and be prepared to learn about nature and how to be there for your campers! 

  • Trip Description: Join us as we give our environment a little love and team up with a conservancy that is committed to conservation, education and recreation! Through their work, this conservancy has helped protect more than 60 animal, plant and insect species that are found nowhere else in the world. Our team will be engaged in many different projects around the conservancy and some may include invasive plant removal, fence repair, trail maintenance, beach clean-up and more. 
  • Location: California
  • Trip Dates: Saturday, March 19–Sunday, March 27, 2022
  • COVID-19 Information: At this time, the partner organization does not require proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test upon arrival.

Meet the Site Leaders

Gerome (left) and Kevin (right) posing for a photo on the 5th floor of the UMC.Hiya there! Our names are Kevin Wu (he/him) and Gerome Frei (he/him) and we are the trip leaders for Tending to Mother Nature: Making Way for a Better Today!

Kevin is a senior studying cinema studies and media production while Gerome is a first-year student studying molecular, cellular and developmental biology.

We are both very outdoorsy people and we love camping and hiking. This is our first year being involved with the Alternative Breaks program and we are super excited to meet you as we engage in meaningful environmental conservation projects over spring break.