The Alternative Break Experience

Spring Break Trip (March 3rd-March 9th, 2019)

What is the Alternative Break Experience?

The Alternative Break Experience is a 6-day, 5-night service immersion trip that will take place March 3rd-March 8th, 2019. This experience is designed to be a hands-on opportunity for students to learn more about themselves, others, and the world around them. This year, there will be seven trips, one of which is an international destination. Each trip will have a specific theme (This years themes are Human Rights and Social Justice, Women's Issues/Domestic & Sexual Violence, Community Development & Urban Poverty, Environmental Sustainability, Food Security & Environmental Awareness, Urban Education, and Community Development).

Applicants are asked to rank their top 3 choices by topic. The location of each trip will be revealed three weeks before the trip itself (Feb. 12th). The reason for leaving the location a mystery is so applicants are choosing based on the service experience and not the location. Students will also participate in nightly group discussion and reflection activities. *All trips are drug and alcohol free*

How will I know If I am accepted to participate in the Alternative Break Experience?

Applications for the 2019 Alternative Break Experience will be accepted on Tiger Zone until Monday, October 15th, 2018 at 11:45 P.M. As you submit your online application, please be sure to pick a group interview time on the last question. These group interviews will be October 22nd and 23rd from 6PM-8PM located in University Center Bluff Room. Students will be selected for each trip based on application and interview process.

Other Frequently Asked Questions...

Is there a fee?

There will be a program fee of $75/person for the domestic trip and a program fee of $1,000/person for the international trip payable after acceptance into the program. This program fee will include transportation, lodging, meals, and a t-shirt. This fee is non-refundable.

What Do I Do Now?

• Complete the Alternative Break Experience application on Tiger Zone

• Please note the group interview day and time yous signed up for.

Upon acceptance, you will attend three pre-trip meetings to discuss the trip in greater detail, complete paperwork, review guidelines, topic discussion and get to know other participants!

Application Link

The application for the 2019 Alternative Break Experience is now closed. Applications for the 2020 Alternative Break Experience will be available in September 2019. 

For more information, contact Zach Carr at zcarr@memphis.edu.