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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.



2017-2018 Alternative Breaks Opportunities:

Student Organizations- Detroit Alternative Weekends

Fall Weekend: November 3-5

Winter Weekend: March 2-4

Application Deadline: September 15, 2017

For the 2017-2018 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 application  by September 15.  


Alternative Spring Breaks, 2018

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: February 18 - February 24.


  • Site Leader applications are due on September 25 in the VISION Volunteer Center (Student Center 346) by 5pm. 
  • Participant applications are due on October 20 in the VISION Volunteer Center (Student Center 346) by 5pm. 
  • Student Government is offering scholarships for both Participants and Site Leaders. Applications are due October 20, 2017 by 5pm in the Student Government office (SC 342).
    • Go to Student Government's website- http://www.emusg.com/services
    • Scroll down to the "Applications" section
    • Click "Alternative Spring Break '18" to download the application


Alternative International Break, Haiti Summer 2018*

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

Travel dates: TBD

  • Site leader applications due date TBD 
  • Participant Applications due date TBD

*This trip has a maximum 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