Center for Student Leadership & Community Engagement

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University Life & Services


Alternative Break Programs

Photo: Alternative Break volunteers

Alternative break programs engage students in experiential learning through community service and volunteerism during their fall (Thanksgiving), winter or spring break. The projects the students participate with address issues such as poverty, homelessness, hunger, literacy, HIV/AIDS, education and the environment. The objective of the Alternative Breaks program is to involve students in service projects to learn about the problems of a community they would typically not know about. The goal is for students to take the intensity of the program/experience and transfer the lessons learned to their own community upon their return. We hope students learn how they can become agents of change, make a difference in their community and lead a life of active citizenship.

Each Alternative Break trip will have between 8 and 15 participants, 2 student Team Leaders and 2 Staff Advisors. The cost for the trips range from $250 up to $1600 depending on the trip and the flight costs. Students will have their flights booked together and will travel as a group to their specified destination with the Staff Advisors.

For information about the Alternative Break program, please email our office.

We are currently in the process of setting up Alternative Breaks for the 2014-2015 academic year. Information will be made available on/by October 2014.

Center for Student Leadership & Community Engagement, Student Life | 235 Student Union | University at Buffalo | Buffalo, NY 14260 | Phone: (716) 645-6469 | Fax: (716) 645-2163 | Associate Director: Ms. Phyllis Floro | E-Mail