Alternative Breaks

Cazenovia College Students on location during an Alternative Break tripOur Alternative Break Program places teams of students in communities to engage in service and experiential learning during their summer, fall, winter and/or spring breaks. Students perform short-term projects for community agencies and learn about issues such as literacy, poverty, racism, hunger, homelessness and the environment.

The objectives of an alternative break program are to involve college students in community-based service projects and to give students opportunities to learn about the problems faced by members of communities with whom they otherwise may have had little or no direct contact.

Being completely immersed into diverse environments enables participants to experience, discuss, and understand social issues in a significant way. The intensity of the experience increases the likelihood that participants will transfer the lessons learned on-site back to their own communities after the alternative break ends.

Recent breaks have included Habitat for Humanity Projects in Georgia, Virginia and North Carolina; Heifer International in Arkansas; and international trips to the Dominican Republic and Quito, Ecuador (January, 2014).