Alternative Breaks

Students on an Alternative Break Trip gathered around a group leader listening to instructions for clean up.

Teaching English to kids in the Dominican Republic. Working in community gardens around Buffalo, NY. 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.

2021 Trip Details

In the interest of student and staff safety and as a precaution against COVID-19, all 2021 Alternative Break Trips will be based in Buffalo, NY.
  • Access to Education - January 19-22
  • Civic Engagement - January 18-22
  • Homelessness & Poverty Alleviation - March 15-19
  • Sustainability & Food Insecurity - March 15-19

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Trip Details

The Student Engagement office is excited to offer Alternative Break Trips right in our own community! Each trip will address an issue that is affecting the Buffalo community, allowing students to connect to their passions for helping others while directly providing service for the Buffalo/Niagara region.

Application Process is Closed

Our deadline for Alternative Breaks is closed for the 2020-2021 trips. Please check back in September 2021 for future trips!

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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