Eastern Michigan University

Past Trips and Testimonials

Alternative International Break: Haiti

This trip, focused on examining international and grassroots development efforts in Haiti, traveled to Haiti April 28-May 4, 2014.

See the echo article about the trip here.

One student wrote this about their experience in Haiti and with Alternative Breaks:

"Eastern Michigan University's Alternative Breaks program has impacted my life in so many ways. Since going to Haiti, all of my daily tasks such as showering, brushing my teeth, or eating a meal are reflected on. I think about how lucky I am to have access to clean water, electricity, and health care - basic human necessities, along with so many extra things. AB is such an educational program. I have learned so much about service, social justice, and even different cultures. Alternative Breaks is an amazing program that all people should have an opportunity to go on."


Detroit Alternative Weekends

In the 2013-2014 school year, Alternative Weekends EMU Detroit sent four trips. The three trips focused on Community Development trough Art, Urban Poverty and Homelessness, and Environmental Sustainability.

One student said about their experience on an Alternative Weekend:

"I had an awesome experience this weekend. The crew and other volunteers at the organizations were so knowledgeable and kind. I feel so much more informed about urban farming and the food crisis in Detroit. I understand how important this movement is. I am excited and motivated to continue doing my part. I am so thankful for organizations and opportunities such as these."

The application period for 2013-2014 AW trips has ended. Please see above for our 2014-2015 AW applications.


Alternative Spring Breaks, 2014

The application period for 2015 ASB trips has ended.

The 2014 ASB trip clusters worked with 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.

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