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  • Volunteer & Service Learning

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 of the Utah Valley area 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 here. 


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 14-19, 2016)

November 4: Participant Applications Open

January 29: Participant Applications Close

Early February: Participants Notified

Full program free due within 48 hours of acceptance          (payment plans available, no refunds)

March 14-19: Alternative Spring Break Trips


Alternative Break Medical Brigade to Nicaragua (April 30-May 10, 2016):

 NOW: Applications Open

 November 9: Applications Due

 November 16: $300 Deposit Due

 Click here to apply

Contact Us

Amber Hendrickson

Volunteer and Service-Learning Center

SC 105R