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.

Alternative Breaks that were held in 2018

  • Nurturing with Nature: Environmental Education in Santa Cruz, California
  • The Power of Play: Child Emotion and Social Development in San Francisco, California
  • Trails and Transformation: Trail-Building on the Oregon Coast