As a Break Away chapter, we are dedicated to developing participants into active citizens. We strive to model our trips with the Eight Quality Components specified by Break Away.
Alternative Break trips take place during university breaks (i.e. Spring Break, Fall Break, etc.) in which groups of students travel to other communities to provide a service that is focused on a specific social issue. Our trips are both domestic and international depending on the issues and locations that are selected. We travel outside of our own community in order to get students out of their comfort zone, fully aware of their surroundings, and focused on creating positive change. Throughout the duration of the trip, the groups participate in daily reflection in order to address how the same social issues impact our own community and how the students can best apply themselves when they return home, thus moving along the Active Citizen Continuum.
AB was founded in the Fall of 2009 with one trip over Fall Break to Huntsville, AL to work with Lincoln Village Ministries. We have expanded by the number of participants, number of trips, geographic locations of trips and focused issues. In the 2012 Spring semester, we took our first international trip to the Dominican Republic. The following Fall semester, we implemented our first "Weekend Warrior" trip and directly helped those in our neighboring Huntsville community.
We are looking forward to expanding our service opportunities throughout the Shoals community, United States and WORLD! Please check out our calendar for important dates regarding future trips and other activities!
For more information about the Alternative Breaks program, please contact:
Assistant Director of Leadership & Volunteerism (AB Advisor)
Office of Student Engagement