Alternative Break Experiences - Coastal Carolina University
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Alternative Break Experiences

Alternative Breaks are immersive and unique opportunities for students to work as a team and experience new places, cultures, skills, and people; all while assisting with the missions of established and reputable community organizations.

Apply for the 2020 Alternative Spring Break!

An Alternative Break is a week long trip where students engage in direct service focused around a particular social justice issue. Alternative Breaks are broken into several parts: pre-service orientation, direct service, post-service reflection.

During the pre-trip orientation, students are educated about their social issue and the Active Citizen Continuum in order to be fully prepared for their service experience. During the service trip, students participate in hands-on work with multiple community orginizations related to the social issue. Post-trip reflection offers the students a chance to think about their week of service as well as, consider future actions and decisions that can further help their communities with prevalent social issues.

Coastal Carolina is a proud associate member Break Away. Break Away is a national non-profit that supports Alternative Break Experiences to college students throughout the year.


A group picture of the Alternative Break Experience participants in fall 2015.

Past Alternative Breaks

Orlando, Florida (Alternative Spring Break)

Jacksonville, North Carolina (Alternative May Break)

Asheville, North Carolina (Alternative Spring Break)

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina (Local Alternative Spring Break)