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. 

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.

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

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Trip Details

The Student Engagement office offers Alternative Break Trips that engage students in direct service to address community needs. Each trip will focus on a social justice issue and allow students to learn about themselves and others while volunteering locally, nationally, and internationally. Trips may vary year to year depending on the availability of community partners and the prevalence of social justice issues to be addressed.

Below are descriptions of the trips for the 2023 season.

Applications are Closed

The application process for the 2023 Alternative Break Trips is closed. Check back in September for more information about our trips in 2024!

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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150 Student Union, North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260
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Phone: (716) 645-6469