Iowa State University of Science and Technology

Alternative Breaks

 

 

 

 

 

The mission of the Alternative Breaks (AltBreaks) program at Iowa State University is to provide direct service opportunities for students so they may experience diverse perspectives, learn about social issues, and grow as life-long active citizens.

The Iowa State University Alternative Breaks program places teams of students in communities to engage in service learning during university breaks. Students perform short-term projects for community agencies and learn about various social issues.

 

APPLICATIONS FOR SPRING BREAK 2016 ARE NOW CLOSED

What is Alternative Breaks?

The Alternative Breaks program began in 2008 at Iowa State. The Iowa State University Alternative Breaks program places teams of students in communities across the United States to engage in community service during Winter and Spring Break. Students perform short-term projects for community agencies and learn about various social issues.

Trip costs range from $75-$250 per trip. This amount varies depending on the distance traveled, housing accommodations, and other site-fees. The cost includes transportation, lodging, meals once on-site, and a t-shirt. Each student is expected to pay for their own food while traveling. A group may decide to participate in additional excursion/sightseeing opportunities and these costs would be separate from the trip fee.  If there are any concerns about the cost of a trip, please contact altbreaks@iastate.edu.
 

Interested?

We are looking for enthusiastic students who are really committed to volunteerism and service, and are looking for a way to give back to the community during spring break. Our selection process will be competitive, based on this application, and an interview. Completing this application does not guarantee you an interview. 

If you are excited about devoting a week of your college life to service, having a great time and forming lasting memories, you are the perfect person to go on an Alternative Breaks trip. Read the blog from last year's homelessness group HERE.
 

Greek?
The Fraternal Relevance trip is also available for interested members of the fraternity and sorority community.  On this trip, you will learn about values-based philanthropy, building Greek community brotherhood/sisterhood through service, and develop leadership skills that will last a lifetime.

Read about Greek Alternative Breaks trip HERE.
 

Participant Responsibilities

  • Attend group meetings and functions.

  • Sign all required policy forms.

  • Pay, in full, the required fees prior to the trip.  The cost will vary per trip (between $100-$250). Participants cover the cost of food during travel time.

  • Adhere to the standards set by their Site and the Alternative Breaks Program during, before, and after the trip.

*Trips are subject to change without notice

 

For more information, contact us at altbreaks@iastate.edu!

 

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