University College

Alternative Breaks

What is an Alternative Break?

Alternative Breaks are community service-learning trips during winter and spring breaks. There are also mini-breaks, usually over a Friday afternoon and Saturday. Participants travel locally and internationally to engage in active service, learn about social issues, and have life-changing experiences! Each break is lead by an experienced student leader and overseen by a campus adviser.

What will I do on a break?

Participants are engaged in direct service for four or five full days during breaks. The type of service depends on the trip. SUU students have built homes, worked with underprivileged children, done disaster clean-up, delivered humanitarian supplies, taught gardening, and more! In the evenings, you'll have the chance to enjoy free time, play games, hang out, explore local areas of interest, or just relax.

How much do breaks cost?

The cost of breaks and mini-breaks varies, depending on the location, travel method and fee charged by the site. Check the list of breaks (below) for the price of each trip. As you prepare to go, we'll provide tips and tools for seeking personal sponsors. There are also a limited number of Alternative Break Scholarships available. Application deadlines: Winter Break trips-November 1, Spring Break trips-February 1.

Where do the breaks go?

Breaks and mini-breaks go all over Utah, the United States and the world.  Currently scheduled breaks include:

Bluff, Utah, Design Build Bluff, March 7-13, 2015, $435

  • Price covers all food, lodging and travel, as well as a local cultural/outdoor adventure trip
  • Group will be working doing home construction
  • This trip might be able to be used as an EDGE or Fast Track EDGE project - contact the Community Engagement Center for details
  • Registration requires a non-refundable $100 deposit, the remaining $335 must be paid in full by February 15
  • Check out the Design Build Bluff Facebook page for more info
  • Register now!

San Jose, Costa Rica, March 7-14, 2015, $950 (does not include airfare or Costa Rican departure tax)