Alternative Break Trips
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Alternative Break LogoOne of the most popular service opportunities at Austin Peay: Alternative Break Trips! Studentshave the opportunity to spend their breaks volunteering in other communities and having amazing experiences. Every trip has a theme, a student trip leader, and faculty/staff member. Trips are very affordable - never more than $100 for domestic trips and are all inclusive. Each trip includes an exploration day where volunteers explore the historical, natural, or cultural specialties in the area.




The mission of the Alternative Break Program is to engage students in meaningful and collaborative community service in an effort to increase awareness of social and environmental issues and strengthen the communities in which they serve as well as foster a strong sense of community among trip participants and to the university as a whole.

Learning Outcomes
  1. The student will be able to connect applied experiences derived from participation in alternative break trips with relevant knowledge acquired from exposure to course work from multiple academic disciplines.
  2. The student will be able to adapt and apply skills, abilities, theories, or methodologies acquired in classroom settings to address novel situations or problems in alternative break settings.
  3. The student will be able to demonstrate the ability to engage in meaningful self-reflection that leads to self-awareness and a sense of competence to effectively respond to new and challenging contexts.


Tallgrass Prairie Preserve, Oklahoma 

 Join us on this amazing journey to the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve in Oklahoma as we volunteer for a week with the Nature Conservancy. The trip will include volunteer work that is manual labor and outdoor in nature. Lodging on the trip will be in a bunk house provided for researchers and volunteers on the preserve. Provate tours of the preserve, wildflowers in bloom, and baby bison are all perks of the volunteer expereince!



May 19 - 26, 2018 | Trip costs - $50 | Application due - April 10, 2018


 Asheville trip poster

GreenWorks, North Carolina

Travel with us to the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina as we volunteer for a week with the GreenWorks, an environmental nonprofit. The trip will include outdoor volunteer work that is manual labor and may be on a river. Help keep these beautiful lands free of liter and trash while learning about how to reduce your own waste.


June 23 - 29, 2018 | Trip costs - $50 | Application due - April 25, 2018

Puerto Rico 

Start your summer off right by traveling to Puerto Rico to partner with Foundation for Puerto Rico. While volunteering with the Foundation, we will assist in the hurricane relief efforts that are still in need after the destructive Hurricane Maria. Don't miss this opportunity to explore new

places and help those in need! No passport needed!

Puerto Rico

July 21 - 28, 2018 | Trip costs - $350 | Application due - April 18, 2018

Complete the following application as thoroughly as possible. Any questions can be sent to At the bottom of the application, please choose the trip(s) you are applying for.

Important Information: Information regarding the trips will be distributed through e-mail. Please include your most frequently used e-mail address on the application. You will be expected to check your e-mail regularly for updates from your trip leader and other participants.

Minimum Eligibility and Conditions for Participation: Students must be in good conduct/judicial standing with the university and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0.

Alternative Break Participant Expectations
The following is a list of minimum expectations; your individual trips leaders will discuss and formulate additional expectations as needed. By applying for the trip, it means you have read and understood the trip expectations.
  • Participate in pre-trip activities including group meetings, info sessions, or fundraising efforts.
  • Be fully engaged at a participatory level helping to plan and attend events associated with the trip and aspects of the trip's itinerary.
  • Maintain communication with trip leader including responding to e-mails and phone calls in a timely manner.
  • Become aware of relevant health and safety risks relevant to your destination.
  • All payments made to Alternative Break are non-refundable.


Updates on the application process will be sent through email. Please be sure to list an email that you check regularly.