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Alternative Breaks

Spring Break, Weekends, and International


Creating a campus of active citizens.

Raise awareness and educate students about social issues by sending them on a quality Alternative Break that will inspire them to reach out and become a leader and/or helper in their own community.


See information and testimonials from past breaks here.


2016-2017 Alternative Breaks Opportunities:

Student Organizations- Detroit Alternative Weekends

November 11-13 and March 10-12

Application Deadline: CLOSED

For the 2016-2017 school year, the VISION Volunteer Center, in partnership with Campus Life, will host two Detroit Alternative Weekends - each in partnership with a Student Organization. 

If your student organization is interested in participating in a Detroit Alternative Weekend, you must complete the Group Application and have two individuals within your organization apply to be Site Leaders (Group Site Leader Application) by Monday, September 19.  


Alternative Spring Breaks, 2017

Alternative Breaks are exactly that! An alternative way to spend your break! Groups of EMU students venture to various communities throughout the country where they focus on social justice issues. Each group spends their break learning about one social justice issue and doing service to bring about positive change focused on that issue- weather it be food access, environmental issues, housing insecurity or community health. Will you go the alternative route and make a difference this year? 

Applications are available in VISION Volunteer Center, Room 346 Student Center and online below. Participants and Site Leaders will be placed on trips based on issues and interests. Destinations will be announced to participants who have been accepted into the program at our first Large Group meeting.

Looking for more information about the AB program? See the info on our FAQ page.


Travel dates: EMU's Spring Break is February 20 - February 26. Most trips will travel February 19 - February 25.


  • Site Leader applications are due on September 16th in the VISION office by 5pm. You can find the application to be a Site Leader  here.
  • Participant applications are due on October 21st in the VISION office by 5pm. You can download the application to be a participant here or complete an application online here.
  • Student Government scholarships applications are due on October 21st  (deadline extended) in the Student Government office (SC Room 342) by 5pm. You can find the application for Student Government here. 


Alternative International Break, Haiti Summer 2017

Groups of students venture to Haiti to meet with communities, learn about the Haitian culture, and focus on social justice issues.

Travel dates: May 28-June 7

  • Site leader applications are due September 30th in the VISION office by 5pm. You can find the application to be a Site Leader here
  • Participant Applications due date TBD (we are currently accepting applications) in the vision Office by 5pm. You can find the application to be a participant here.


*This trip has a capacity of nine students. Priority is given to students who have been on previous AB trips.*

The VISION Volunteer Center is part of Diversity & Community Involvement