Alternative Break

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SLiCE Engagement Programs: Alternative Break

What are you doing for your break?

The Alternative Break program is an immersion experience into different cultural, environmental and socioeconomic communities across the nation. Participants provide service in exchange for education about current social and cultural issues facing the host communities.  Participants travel for one week during school breaks (spring, winter) and volunteer for nonprofit and government agencies across the country and world. A terrific opportunity to learn about social issues and meet other students with the same passions.

Boosted grant funding available – up to 65% of your trip!


See the World. Serve the World. Expand your World.

Alt Break Descriptions

Each Alternative Break focuses on a critical social issue. The experience is centered around education, direct service, and intersectionality. Join a family of people who care about the service, social-justice, and meaning.

How to Participate

Participate in Alternative Break to change both yourself and the world. Spend your break by participating in direct, educational service-learning with a small group of engaged students working to address social issues.

Advisor Information

Faculty, staff and alumni accompany alternative spring break leaders to many of the site destinations. Advisors participant in a holistic experience
with students while offering their expertise and guidance.

Immersion Into Different Cultural Communities Across the Nation

Annually, approximately 200 Colorado State University students, ranging in age, major, upbringing, background, and interest, participate in an Alternative Break experience! This year, it could be YOU!
Service-learning trips occur during winter and spring breaks at CSU. Group meetings are both pre and post trip in order to get to know group members, learn about the service site, cultures, and issues of social and environmental justice, as well as to adequately process the trip and continue creating change.