Alternative Break Trips

Alternative Break programs combine interactive learning programs, which bring awareness of the great need in the world, with opportunities to give the gift of your time and hard work. The service activities not only allow participants to give back but also serve as great educational tools - both about the value of giving your service to others and experiencing something for the first time.

Interested in participating in an Alternative Break Trip? Contact Servant Leadership at


Looking Ahead: Alternative Spring Break 2015

March 7-14, 2015: The Center for Servant Leadership and Student Activities, in collaboration with the Student Government Association, will be taking 22 students to Kissimmee, Florida, to serve with Give Kids the World. Registration will begin on August 18, 2014. All students interested in participating must submit the registration form no later than October 31, 2014, and a nonrefundable $250 trip fee is due no later than December 15, 2014.The fee covers transportation, lodging, most meals, theme park tickets, and other trip related activities. Download the application here.

All students will be required to complete an online orientation with the group and submit to a background check through GKTW no later than February 1, 2015. For more information, contact Mandie Thacker Beeler in Servant Leadership.


Alternative Fall Break 2013

The Center for Servant Leadership, in collaboration with the Student Government Association, took 14 students to Biloxi, Mississippi to work with Community Collaborations International. Students worked with the Moore Community Center's Early Head Start and Women in Construction programs and the Loaves and Fishes community feeding program.


Alternative Spring Break 2013

During spring break, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes went on a mission trip to Jonesboro, Virginia where they did service for local families. One group installed underpinning on a home and another group dug a trench for a drain at another home. Volunteers stayed at the Appalachia Service Project cabin and completed daily chores, had daily devotions, and went to the worksites.

Learn more about the Appalachia Service Project by visiting their website.


Alternative Fall Break 2012

The Center for Servant Leadership, in collaboration with the Student Government Association, took 10 students to the Heifer International Ranch in Little Rock, Arkansas for an Alternative Fall Break Trip. Participants completed the Global Gateway and Global Challenge Programs.

For more information regarding Heifer International, visit their website.