Alternative Breaks are immersive service-learning experiences that occur over spring break each year. Participants travel around the country as a small cohort of 8-12 students, to work with nonprofits on service projects that meet the real-life needs of the local community. Working with a community partner will pave the way to unlocking your own potential as a leader and advocating for necessary social change. Spend your spring break establishing long-lasting friendships, expanding your self-awareness, and learning what it means to truly serve the needs of a community.

Each Alternative Break trip will be led by two experienced student site leaders and be accompanied by an education partner—a faculty or staff member of the UO. Throughout the week your team will live and work together while participating in daily reflections, including discussion of root causes and establishing a shared vision of positive social change.


Upcoming Trips

Mar 24
Alternative Break: Nurturing with Nature12:00 a.m.

Join the Camp Campbell’s Outdoor Science School in the beautiful redwoods just north of Santa Cruz as they work to bring 5th and 6th graders face-to-face with the outdoors. Get...
March 24 12:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Santa Cruz, CA

Join the Camp Campbell’s Outdoor Science School in the beautiful redwoods just north of Santa Cruz as they work to bring 5th and 6th graders face-to-face with the outdoors. Get your hands dirty and explore ecosystems with expert naturalists, work on survival skills with campers, and chip away at the barriers preventing outdoor access.

Apply online at: https://oregon.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_40HlRvlWthxbI0d

Mar 24
Alternative Break: Power of Play12:00 a.m.

Engage with Playworks, an organization that strives to give every child the best opportunity possible to do what children do best – play! Alongside children and Americorps...
March 24 12:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
San Francisco, CA

Engage with Playworks, an organization that strives to give every child the best opportunity possible to do what children do best – play! Alongside children and Americorps volunteers, learn the importance of play firsthand by facilitating impactful experiences that allow kids in the greater San Francisco area to flourish physically, emotionally, and socially.

Apply online at https://oregon.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_4PFawUHNmXWCVnf

Mar 24
Alternative Break: Powered by Pedal12:00 a.m.

On this trip, you will spend a week getting to know the Eugene/Springfield metro area – all on bike! See for yourself the transportation issues affecting diverse populations...
March 24 12:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Eugene, OR

On this trip, you will spend a week getting to know the Eugene/Springfield metro area – all on bike! See for yourself the transportation issues affecting diverse populations within our local community, while working on service projects to make cycling safer and more accessible for all. Throughout the week the group will stay together, exploring the resources our community has to offer while learning from local transportation and cycling experts. Prepare to be amazed by the diverse perspectives you will encounter, and establish a newfound sense of community right here in Eugene.

Apply online at https://oregon.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_20ukugDbyQ76erj

Mar 24
Alternative Break: Trails and Transformation12:00 a.m.

Venture into the Oregon backcountry with the Northwest Youth Corps, a non-profit that seeks to increase access to our state’s natural beauty while instilling values that can...
March 24 12:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Oregon Backcountry

Venture into the Oregon backcountry with the Northwest Youth Corps, a non-profit that seeks to increase access to our state’s natural beauty while instilling values that can only truly be taught through outdoor immersion and collaborative work. Give back to our state with NYC by building trails that build community.

Apply online at https://oregon.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0TaVIJBOTg2EM4Z