Alternative Breaks

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Studying the civil rights movement in historic Selma, Alabama. Teaching English to kids in the Dominican Republic. Building homes for families in Charlottesville, Virginia. These are just a few of the life-changing opportunities that students have experienced through the Alternative Break program.

2020 Trip Details

Trip destinations and dates include the following:

  • New Orleans, LA - January 19-25
  • Dominican Republic - March 14-21
  • Washington. DC - March 15-21
  • Buffalo, NY - March 16-20

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Fall, Winter and Spring Dates

Dates and trip details are available in UBLinked on/by September of each year.

Location: varies by date

Event Details

Spend Your Break Making A Difference

Alternative Break programs let you volunteer, perform community service and have unique learning opportunities during your fall break (Thanksgiving), winter break 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 participate with address issues such as: Education, Environment, Civil Rights, Homelessness, Hunger, Literacy, and Poverty.

After your trip, you’ll be able to share the lessons you learned with your local community, and continue to lead a life of active citizenship.

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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