Eastern Michigan University

Alternative Breaks

Spring Break, Weekends, and International

Vision
Creating a campus of active citizens.

Mission
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.

 

2014-2015 Alternative Breaks Opportunities:

Detroit Alternative Weekends
Detroit Alternative Weekends are a great way to make a difference in our local community. Weekends all focus on a specific social justice issue and work with one to three organizations in the Detroit community. Trip cost for weekends is $50 ($10 deposit and $40 payment before trip). The cost includes housing, transportation, and food for the weekend. Trips most often leave on Friday afternoons, so if you have a Friday morning class you will still be able to attend!

Applications will be available in VISION Volunteer Center, Room 346 Student Center beginning in September. Trip issue focuses: TBA.

The trip dates are as follows (subject to minor changes):

Friday, October 10 - Sunday, October 12 (This trip is working in collaboration with Bowling Green State University)

Friday, December 5 - Sunday, December 7

Friday, February 6 - Sunday, February 8

Friday, April 10 - Sunday, April 12

Alternative Spring Break
Alternative Spring Breaks are exactly what they're spelled out to be, an alternative way to spend your break. Groups of students venture the country to meet with communities and focus on social justice issues. Whether it be food access, reforestation, or community development, each group focuses on one issue specifically. They dedicate their week to immersing themselves within the community and putting forth strong and meaningful service. So, will you go the alternative route and make a difference this spring break?

Applications will be available in VISION Volunteer Center, Room 346 Student Center and online beginning in September. 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.

Application deadlines:

Site Leader application due Tuesday, September 23

Participant application due Tuesday, October 28

Trip cost is $250 for participants due as a $25 deposit and two payments. Scholarships are now available through Student Government for $100 toward your total trip cost. Applications can be found under the "Documents" section of Student Goverment's website.

Travel dates: EMU's Spring Break is February 21 - March 1. Most trips will travel February 22 - February 28.

 

2013-14 Alternative Breaks Opportunities:

Alternative International Break: Haiti
The application period for 2014 Alternative International trips has ended. Please check back in September for our 2015 AB applications.
This trip, focused on examining international and grassroots development efforts in Haiti, traveled to Haiti April 28-May 4, 2014

 

Detroit Alternative Weekends
The application period for 2014 AW trips has ended. Please check back in September for our 2015 AW applications.

 

Alternative Spring Break
The application period for 2014 ASB trips  has ended. Please check back in September for our 2015 ASB applications.

The 2014 ASB trip clusters worked in the following areas:

    • Civil and Human Rights: Empowerment in an Unequal World
      These trips will focus on issues including education, women's empowerment, civil rights and inclusion.

    • Healing Communities through Safe Food Access
      Trips in this cluster will work in issues of food access, chronic and mental illness and community empowerment.

    • Appalachia: A Mountaintop Revolution
      Focusing on communities in rural areas, these trips will work with youth trade training programs, Native communities and
      environmental stewards.

2012-13 Trips and Issues
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.

The VISION Volunteer Center is part of Diversity & Community Involvement