Participating in an Alternative Break is your chance to make a difference in a part of the country or world you have never been. You'll learn about different cultures and perspectives alongside a group of dedicated and adventurous Ducks. You will engage communities as you learn firsthand about the value of service, leadership, and innovation. Each experience is crafted to meet the needs of communities and students. The trips focus on a common purpose and foster collaboration and social change. Each Alternative Break team engages in pretrip planning, preparation, and fundraising to set them up for success. During the trip, you will participate in daily reflections, leadership lessons, evening debriefs, and topical discussions; a curriculum that promotes self-awareness, global citizenship, and leadership.

past trips

Oct 14
Courts for Kids Information Sessions10:00 a.m.

Come learn more about our Spring Break Trip to Belize! We have partnered with Courts for Kids, a Vancouver, WA based organization, to provide international service-learning...
October 14–18
HEDCO Education Building, Room 340

Come learn more about our Spring Break Trip to Belize!

We have partnered with Courts for Kids, a Vancouver, WA based organization, to provide international service-learning experiences for students. The trips are open to students from all majors and all years.

A sports court is a great project because it requires the help of many community members, provides plenty of work for everyone, and becomes an asset that provides not only safe places for children to play, but also various other benefits. The hard work of our team will be a great bridge between us and the community and we will develop a mutual respect that will help provide inroads into a rich cross-cultural experience and first-hand insight into a developing world community.

Mar 25
Critical Community Health Engagement 10:00 a.m.

Participants on this Community Engagement Expedition will work in Nicaraguan Coffee Country. We will work in conjunction with the community health center to collect household data...
March 25 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Nicaragua, Central America

Participants on this Community Engagement Expedition will work in Nicaraguan Coffee Country. We will work in conjunction with the community health center to collect household data on diabetes, obesity and diet. The group will further assist in public health projects in the community by helping install concrete floors, paint homes with insect repellent paint and educate families on point of use water filters. Our partner non-profit Communidad Connect, has a long and lasting relationship in this small community and this allows us to work side-by side with local "Brigadistas" or female community health workers. Apply here: https://orgsync.com/147552/forms/222187.

Mar 25
Decolonizing Ecosystems 10:00 a.m.

Participants on this Communtiy Engagement Expedition will work in watershed-focused ecological restoration project. We will work in native plant nursery in Kaneohe called Hui Ku...
March 25 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Kaneohe, Hawaii

Participants on this Communtiy Engagement Expedition will work in watershed-focused ecological restoration project. We will work in native plant nursery in Kaneohe called Hui Ku Maoli Ola, by removing invasive mangroves from the coastline and planting native species in fish ponds. We will move from the mountaintop to the oceanside throughout the week, exploring traditional land management perspectives. The group will also engage in discussions about sustainable development that blends western indigenous resource management practices from Polynesian resource managers and have opportunities to hike and explore the Waianae Mountains and possibly snorkel in Kaneohe.

Mar 25
Storytelling for Social Change10:00 a.m.

Participants on this Communtiy Engagement Expedition are teaming up with Stove Teams International in Guatemala to build clean burning, energy efficient cook stoves and deliver...
March 25 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Guatemala, Guatemala

Participants on this Communtiy Engagement Expedition are teaming up with Stove Teams International in Guatemala to build clean burning, energy efficient cook stoves and deliver them to the local community. Upon visiting homes, participants will interview/photograph families receiving the stoves in order to document and create a narrative for the impact story of the experience. In addition participants may have the opportunity to interview/photograph the people involved in the stove factory as well. Apply here: https://orgsync.com/147552/forms/222190.

Mar 25
The Power of Play: Emotional and Social Development10:00 a.m.

Explore the transformative power of play with our community partner Playworks. Playworks’ vision is that one day every child in America will get to play - every day. Working...
March 25 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

Explore the transformative power of play with our community partner Playworks. Playworks’ vision is that one day every child in America will get to play - every day. Working with Playworks-trained Americorps volunteer you will create a place for every kid on the playground, a place where every kid belongs, has fun and is part of the game. You'll offer essential opportunities for children to explore their imaginations, to connect with other kids and to stretch and grow physically, emotionally and socially.

Mar 25
W.I.L.D. Break: Conservation Leadership Experience (Alternative Break)10:00 a.m.

For this expedition is our W.I.L.D. (Wilderness Institute for Leadership Development) program is partnering with NW Youth Corps to create a local service and leadership intensive...
March 25 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

For this expedition is our W.I.L.D. (Wilderness Institute for Leadership Development) program is partnering with NW Youth Corps to create a local service and leadership intensive experience out in the woods. The Conservation Leadership Experience (CLE) offers training to aspiring outdoor leaders interested in pursuing employment with conservation corps and outdoor leadership programs. The CLE integrates a one week team-based work project, education, and on-site vocational training into a curriculum that prioritizes leadership growth, and the development of conservation work skills. Participants will develop hard skills working on conservation projects improving recreational infrastructure while developing the soft skills required to successfully lead groups in the outdoors.

Scholarship Program

We believe you are the leader of tomorrow, but we’re not the only ones. Many generous donors have helped us form scholarships to make sure you have access to opportunities to become the best leader you can be. Cost shouldn’t be a barrier for you developing as a leader and engaging with cultures across the country and the world.


Become a Trip Leader

No two Alternative Breaks are the same. Our trip leaders are the foundations for every trip and bring unique perspectives and strengths to guide participants, while learning more about their own leadership styles. As a trip leader, you will further your own leadership development through facilitating team meetings, researching and preparing materials for participants, and experiencing the trip alongside participants. You will return with marketable skills, new perspectives, and experiences that will guide your future. Think you’re up for the challenge?