Alternative Breaks Program


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.

Alternative Spring Breaks

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.

*Note: Most groups travel 2.23 - 2.29. Exact dates differ by group!*


  • Site leader applications
    • Print and complete [PDF]
    • Complete online
      • If there is any question that does not  apply  to you please answer with "N/A"
  • Participant applications
  • Directions: Go to the link, print a copy, keep pages 1-4, complete pages 5-the end and turn them in to the VISION Volunteer Center 348 EMU Student Center.  
  • Note: This year we have specific partnerships with the Sisterhood/Brotherhood Initiatives, the Best Buddies program, and the Edge Program. Please see page 7 of the application to answer some questions about these specific trips. 

Scholarship Opportunities

*Please note: In order to be considered for ANY scholarship opportunity, in addition to completing the scholarship application, you must complete a program application (see above) and turn it into the VISION Volunteer Center by the specified due date - September 20 for Site Leader applications and October 18 for Participant applications.

  • Scholarships are available for students who are a part of the Sisterhood/Brotherhood Initiative. Complete the application and turn it in to the Academic Success Partnerships Office no later than October 11 at 5 p.m.

Alternative International Break, Haiti*

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

Detroit Alternative Weekends

For the 2019–2020 school year, the VISION Volunteer Center is taking a break from Detroit Alternative Weekends. If you are particularly interested in a Detroit Alternative Weekend please contact VISION at [email protected].

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