Welcome to the Alternative Break Program!

Serve. Laugh. Work. Smile. Take pictures. Eat. Have fun. Make friends. Give back. Learn. Make a difference. Reflect. Repeat.

About Alternative Breaks

Alternative Break trips take students outside the Utah Valley to engage in community projects and learn about social issues such as poverty and homelessness, food insecurity, health, literacy, environmental issues, and many more. Alternative Breaks last 4-6 days for domestic trips and may be longer in length for international trips. These student-led trips immerse students in direct service activities and learning experiences. UVU partners with Break Away, a national 501(c)3 organization that supports the development of quality alternative break programs.  More information about Break Away can be found at the Break Away website. 


The UVU Alternative Breaks vision is a student body of active citizens.  These are students who are educated on issues in their communities, know how to create impactful change, and get involved in their communities through direct service, advocacy, philanthropy, social entrepreneurship, service-learning, or policy/politics.

Important Dates:

Alternative Spring Break Trips (March 20-26, 2017)


November 18: Participant Applications Close

Early February: Participants Notified

Deposit Due: December 2, 2016

First Payment Due: January 20, 2017

Final Payment Due: February 17, 2017


Alternative Break Trip to Nicaragua (June 4-13, 2017):


November 4: Applications Due

November 8: Participants Notified

Deposit Due: December 2, 2016

First Payment Due: January 30, 2017

Second Payment Due; February 28, 2017

Final Payment Due: March 31, 2017