Eastern Michigan University

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.


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 are available in VISION Volunteer Center, Room 346 Student Center and online below. Trip issue focuses: TBA.

Participant Application l Site Leader Application

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


The dates for the Alternative Weekends have been cancled for the winter semester 2015.

Please keep posted for fall semester of 2015 and winter semester of 2016 Alternative Weekend dates.  


Alternative Spring Breaks, 2014

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 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.

Application deadlines have passed for the Spring Break 2015 trips.

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


Alternative International Break, Haiti 2015

Groups of students venture to Haiti to meet with communities, learn about the Haitian culture, and focus on social justice issues. The theme of this trip is environmental sustainability as we will be working on reforestation projects.

Application deadline:

Participant Application due on date TBA.

Trip cost is $1000 for participants due as a $100 deposit and three payments of $300.

Travel dates: June 20 -July 10

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

The VISION Volunteer Center is part of Diversity & Community Involvement