Office of Student 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 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 Advisers. The cost for the trips range from $250 up to $1600 depending on the trip and the transportation costs. Students will travel as a group to their specified destination with the Staff Advisers.

The 2014-2015 Alternative Break application is now closed. All trips have been filled for this year. Please check back in August 2015 for information on new available trips for the 2015-2016 year.

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

Office of Student Engagement| 235 Student Union | University at Buffalo | Buffalo, NY 14260 | Phone: (716) 645-6469 | Fax: (716) 645-2163 | Director: Phyllis Floro | E-Mail