Alternative Breaks

Students on an alternative break trip to the Louisiana wetlands pose with a blue UB flag outside of a service site.

Whether it's working in community gardens around Buffalo, NY or teaching English to children in the Dominican Republic, UB students are making a positive global impact. 

Alternative Break Trips

In the interest of student and staff safety and as a precaution against COVID-19, we will be planning domestic trips in the United States for our 2022 Alternative Break Program! Participants will engage in immersive experiences around the following social justice issues:
  • Civic Engagement
  • Environmental Justice
  • Poverty Alleviation
  • Refugee Resettlement

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Applications are Closed for Spring 2022 Trips!

Check back in October 2022 for information on future trips!

Trip Details

The Student Engagement office is excited to offer Alternative Break Trips that engage students in supporting and addressing social justice issues. Each trip will address an issue that is affecting many communities around the world, allowing students to connect to their passions for helping others while directly providing service for those in need.

Spend Your Break Making A Difference

Alternative Break programs let you volunteer, perform community service and have unique learning opportunities during your winter or spring break. By spending time immersed in a new community, you’ll learn about your role as a global citizen, make new friends and connections, and discover how you can become an agent of change.

The projects that students have participated in addressed issues such as: Access to Education, Environmental Justice, Civil Rights, Food Apartheid, and Systemic Poverty.

After your trip, you’ll be able to share the lessons you learned with your classmates, and continue volunteering in the local community.

Who Can Go?

Any UB student can apply for the Alternative Break program. Each Alternative Break trip typically has 8-15 student participants, two student team leaders and two staff advisers. Students travel as a group to their specified destination with the staff advisers.


The cost for Alternative Break trips ranges widely depending on the trip, transportation costs and other factors. Approximate costs are listed when available. If you are accepted for a trip, you will receive a more detailed estimate. Financial support may be available; please contact the Student Engagement office for more information.

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