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 for seven and eight day trips. 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:

Pipe Springs National Monument, Arizona, April 17-18, $20

  • Fee is non-refundable and covers all food, lodging and travel, as well as a local cultural/outdoor experience
  • Group will be working doing spring clean-up in an outdoor setting
  • Register now!