Alternative Break Program

"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrowmindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of  men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime."

- Mark Twain

How do you want to spend your school breaks? Why not spend it making a difference in your life, and help positively impact a community? Be the change you want to see by serving on an Alternative Break.

  • Alternative Breaks take students outside the Utah Valley to engage in community projects and learn about social issues
  • Breaks last 4-7 days for domestic trips, and may be longer for international trips
  • These student-led trips immerse UVU 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     

Alternative Breaks Nicaragua

Alternative Breaks Group Photo

2018-2019 Breaks

Homelessness (Weekend)
Salt Lake City, UT

Environment (Spring Break)
Grand Canyon National Park, AZ

Homelessness (Spring Break)
Portland, OR

Youth Development and STEM Education(Spring Break)
Redwood National Forest, CA

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Weekend Alternative Break (November 9-10, 2018)

September 11: Participant Applications Open

October 17: Participant Applications Due

October 24: Participants Notified

Payment of $30 Due 48 hours after Acceptance at Campus Connection

A Pre-trip Meeting is required - Date TBD





Alternative Spring Breaks (March 17-23, 2019)

Nov 27: Participant Applications Open

Jan 31: Participant Applications Close

Feb 8: Participants Notified

Feb 12: Deposit Due

Feb 19: First Payment Due

Feb 26: Final Payment Due

First Weeks in March: Pre-trip Meetings

*First-generation College Student  & Multi-Cultural Scholarships Available