Eastern Michigan University

Past Trips and Testimonials

Alternative International Break: Haiti

We have sent two Alternative Breaks to Haiti. These trips have focused on examining international and grassroots development efforts in Haiti. The first trip traveled to Haiti April 28th-May4th 2014 and the second June 30th-July10th 2015.

See the 2014 echo article about the trip here.

See the 2015 press release 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


For the 2015-2016 school year VISION's Detroit Alternative Weekends will be partnering with various student organizations on campus. If your student organization are interested in partnering with VISION for a Detroit Alternative Weekend, please send us an email at VISION@emich.edu


Alternative Spring Breaks, 2015-2016

The application for 2016 ASB trips are due on October 28th.

The 2016 ASB trip clusters will be focusing on the following areas: Food Security and the Environment, Health of individuals and communities and housing Insecurity. 


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