One of the most popular service opportunities at Austin Peay: Alternative Break Trips! Students have 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Spend your fall break in St. Louis volunteering with LifeWise STL, an organization dedicated to aiding generational poverty. LifeWise STL offers many services to its community, such as a food pantry, child care, after-school programs, senior companion programs, and much much more! Price includes meals, housing, transportation, and excursions!
Oct. 11-15, 2019 | Trip costs - $100 | Application due - September 13, 2019
Want to attend an alternative break trip but have other obligations? This trip may be perfect for you! Join us as we go into Nashville each day and return to campus after our day of work! Each day, we will work with a different nonprofit in Nashville to learn how we can help causes in our own backyard! Trip includes meals and transportation!
Oct. 14-15, 2019 | Trip costs - $75 | Application due - September 13, 2019
Spend of winter break volunteering and exploring the beautiful city of Savannah, GA! Price includes meals, housing, transportation, and excursions!
Jan. 4-11, 2020 | Trip costs - $100 | Application due - November 1, 2019
Spend your spring break in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Asheville, North Carolina! Help the environmental needs of this area while working with Asheville Greenworks, a non-profit whose mission is to inspire, equip, and mobilize individuals and communities to take care of the places we love to live.
March 7-14, 2020 | Trip costs - $100 | Application due - January 31, 2019
After being devastated by Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico has been on the road to recovery! Join as us we work in El Yunque, the only national rain forest, and continue to help them restore their trails and historical sights! Trip costs includes flight, housing, transportation, meals, and excursion.
This trip does require fundraising.
July 18-25, 2020 | Trip costs - $650 | Application due - November 1, 2019