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Previous Trips


2014-2018 Alternative Break Locations

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2016 Domestic Trips

Discover Your Wild Side in Glacier National Park

  • Students worked with the National Park Service in Glacier National Park focusing on issues of sustainability, education, and park maintenance. The group also made stops in Yellowstone and Jackson Hole where they hiked, camped, and explored. 

San Francisco, California - Hunger and Homelessness

  • California has just over half a million homeless individuals, which is the population of the entire state of Wyoming! Over Spring break, we dedicated our time for a great cause by traveling to the San Francisco Bay Area to empower a community with unique hunger and homelessness relief service projects. We experience the city culture of San Francisco with a group of students who wanted to make a difference!

Phoenix, Arizona - Immigration

  • Participants worked with local non-profit organizations to learn about immigration issues that were facing the state and nation as a whole. Service was focused on diversity and social justice in the local community. Participants engaged in creating connections and learning about the lived experiences of those immigrating to the United States.

Detroit, Michigan - Poverty and Gentrification in the Margins of Detroit

  • Participants explored the persisting social inequalities and intersections between poverty and gentrification within urban populations and communities of color through first hand-account and experiences in Detroit, Michigan. Service in Detroit was focused on partnerships with local non-profits and organizations who actively dismantle the oppression these communities face while also encouraging the restoration of Detroit.

Kanab, Utah - Animal Wellness in Kanab

  • Best Friends Animal Sanctuary is a safe haven for an assortment of animals ranging from kittens to wildlife. Every moment spent at the sanctuary is dedicated to saving lives and decreasing killings of animals that don't have a place to call home. Join us on this exciting adventure in the red-rock canyon of Kanab, Utah.

Moab, Utah - Empowering Community through Environmental Sustainability

  • We had an unforgettable experience in Moab, Utah, where we will work together to serve local communities. Participants will work alongside community members to address environmental challenges and work towards sustainable change. Develop your leadership skills through service and education while experiencing two of the nation's most beautiful national parks.

2016 International Trips

Jamaica, Caribbean Islands - Community Development and Education

  • We mix travel, service, and learning of a new culture in beautiful Petersfield, Jamaica! Working alongside the Amizade organization and the Association of Clubs, we had the unique opportunity to not only meet amazing people, but also help others to build a brighter future for their community. Develop yourself both socially and personally through service activities focusing on community development and education.

Trinidad and Tobago, Caribbean Islands - Community and Women's Development

  • We served in the village of Matelot, in cooperation with Ecotourism efforts and Community Development! Some projects included restoration of coastlines, hiking trails, access roads and working on conservation efforts of leather back turtles. We also work with the Dorcas Women's Group to provide agricultural education and resources to the community while embracing a Caribbean culture! Check out photos here!
Bolivia 2016 Winter Break Trip

Global Citizenship through Service; Cochabamba, Bolivia

  • Volunteers worked with a variety of community partners to make a difference in the lives of the region's most vulnerable people. One partner organization provides education and health care to low-income children with disabilities and works with those children to develop self-sufficiency. Other community partners are working to improve the schools in the region through construction projects focusing on classrooms. Service was ultimately be focused on community needs at the time of the trip but students can expect to immerse themselves into the community, learning and growing from the experiences offered. Check out photos here!

2015 Domestic Trips

Los Angeles

Urban Improvement Los Angeles, California 

  • This trip will focus on solving urban issues dealing with anything from poverty and homelessness, child services and education to urban greening and support of community organizations. The projects for this trip will be largely left open to the team leader’s discretion with permission of AB Coordinators.

Social Development – Seattle, Washington 

  • This brand new trip to the ASB repertoire will be focused on working with local organizations to encourage, support and empower the community. However, the projects for this trip will largely be left open to the team leader’s discretion upon collaboration with AB Coordinators.


Kanab, Utah

Animal Wellness - Kanab, Utah 

  • This trip will be focused on working with Best Friends Animal Sanctuary to help save a variety of animals abandoned or abused. Students will spend their week taking care of, training and generally caring for these animals and getting them ready to find a new home.


Moab, UT

Environmental Sustainability – Moab, Utah 

  • Students will participate in service learning projects focused around environmental sustainability and land rehabilitation in Moab. Projects may range from pulling weeds to digging garden beds to invasive species removal as decided upon by team leader’s and AB Coordinators.

2015 Summer Alt Break

Camp and Serve in America's National Parks - Summer Break Trip

  • This trip will focus on environmental sustainability and education while camping and exploring in Jackson Hole, WY, Yellowstone National Park, Cody, WY, and Glacier National Park.

2015 International Trips

Peurto Rico

Community Development – Puerto Rico 

  • Participants will work carefully with local leaders to meet the needs of the community. There will be an opportunity for both educational and environmental components as well as community development, so team leaders and AB coordinators will work closely to plan this new ASB trip.

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Community Development & Education – Jamaica                                        

  • Participants will have the opportunity to work beside local community members completing construction-based projects and working in the schools. This trip is community-needs focused so flexibility is important for team leaders.



Community Development, & Women’s Development with Environmental Focus – Trinidad & Tobago 

  • Participants will work alongside the Dorcas Women’s Group rebuilding a local park that experienced damage due to flooding. Students will visit leatherback turtle nesting sites as well as learn about local vegetation with community members.

2014 Domestic Trips

Alternative Breaks - San Diego Trip

San Francisco, California: Community Development

  • Cost: $750
  • Dates: March 16-23

Participants worked alongside a variety of nonprofits to improve, support and empower the local community.

Alternative Breaks - New York City Trip

New York City, New York: Social Development

  • Cost: $750
  • Dates: March 16-23

This trip focused on volunteering in homeless communities and shelters throughout the city.  Participants gained experience with aiding those in unfortunate situations as well as understanding what the shelters in the area have to offer.

Alternative Breaks - Utah Trip

Moab, Utah: Conservation

  • Cost: $300
  • Dates: March 16-23

Participants worked with a variety of local organizations in Moab to conserve local vegetation, remove invasive species, and generally beautify and rehabilitate the land. Participants also traveled to the Grand Canyon in Flagstaff, AZ. 

Alternative Breaks wants to make each trip as affordable as possible. We work with students to take part in both individual and group fundraising. Scholarships are also available with the SLCE office through the generous gift of Rocky Mountain Power for domestic and international trips and International Programs for international trips. Contact the SLCE office for more information regarding fundraising opportunities as well as scholarship requirements and deadlines.

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