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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 here.


Alternative Spring Breaks, 2019

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.

Travel dates: February 23 - March 2*.

*Note: Most groups travel 2.24 - 3.2. One group travels 2.23 - 3.1


  • Site Leader applications - DUE September 28 to the VISION Volunteer Center
  • Participant applications - DUE October 19 to the VISION Volunteer Center 
  • Note: This year we have specific partnerships with the Best Buddies program, Greek Life, and the Black Honors Student Organization. Please see page 6 of the application to answer some questions about these specific trips. Additionally, we hope to have a Graduate Student ASB experience this year! If you're a Graduate Student please apply! 

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 28 for Site Leader applications and October 19 for Participant applications.

  • Student Government (SG) is offering a handful of scholarships. If you'd like to be considered for a scholarship please complete the application and turn it into the SG office by 5pm on October 19. See the application itself for more details.
  • The Graduate School is offering a handful of scholarships for Graduate Students who participate in Alternative Breaks. If you'd like to be considered for a scholarship please complete the application and turn it into the VISION Volunteer Center - 346 Student Center by 5pm on October 19. See the application itself for more details. 


Alternative International Break, Haiti Summer 2019*

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

Travel dates: To Be Finalized - Est. May 20–30, 2019

  • Site leader applications - CLOSED
  • Participant Applications - CLOSED

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


Detroit Alternative Weekends

For the 2018-2019 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 vision@emich.edu.


The VISION Volunteer Center is part of Diversity & Community Involvement