College Alternative Break
Make a difference on your next college break! Whether you call it Alternative Break or Reading Week, you can volunteer during the day in partnership with some amazing nonprofits and take in the unique music, food and culture of Baton Rouge, Detroit or New Orleans in the evenings!
Begin planning your trip now, or check out the experiences of other colleges and universities below!
Blogs and News From College and University Groups
Click the school names for full stories.
“As a senior I can say there is no other place I would have rather been during my final spring break than serving in New Orleans with a team that became my family. It was so easy to immerse ourselves in the culture and learn about the history of the city because the people of New Orleans were so inviting and proud to call it their home.” -Noelle Shaljian, Iona College
“We have about one hour left in New Orleans. At the conclusion of this epic, we will return to the 505 fatter, more appreciative, and loaded with memories. The work done this week was both meaningful and rewarding. This adventure was more than a community service experience; it was a reminder of humanity’s continued resilience…” – University of New Mexico
“This week showed just how resilient humanity can be, and I am so glad that I had the opportunity to be there to hear everyone’s stories.” -Cheryl Frazier, Barry University / Stamps Scholars
“We worked on arts and crafts, indulged in beignets at famous Café du Monde located right on the Mississippi River, and danced to Zydeco music, all of which gave us the opportunity to learn about the city’s culture and the spirit of the people. After having lost so much, the people of New Orleans have not forgotten who they are.” -De-Keita Peoples, University of New Mexico
“We were able to meet the homeowners of the houses we worked on and their appreciation and gratitude was nothing but rewarding. Not only did we become closer within our chapter, but we also gained new friendships through Camp Restore.” -Meighan Avalos, Alpha Phi Omega – High Point University
“Each of the sites we visited during the week had unique challenges and opportunities for us to learn new skills and provide help to these non-profit organizations and various New Orleans communities. Even though the time passed really quickly, we had a wonderful experience.” -Bradley Mikitko, Mount Aloysius College
Trinity Western University (Lots of photos!)
“This is an opportunity to be exposed to something beyond our realm of understanding–to take part, to help, and to learn, about ourselves and other people.” -Kait Kuzio, Mount Aloysius College
“As I write this, we’re locked in a fierce 4 square match with our friends from Mount Aloysius, but I think we’re winning. We’re excited to start our service tomorrow morning.” Auburn University
“I made friends on the trip that I will care about forever, I learned about Hurricane Katrina and its devastating effects on the people of New Orleans and, most of all, I made a difference to a few of the thousands of families who are currently without homes.” -Cheyenne Brewbaker, George Washington University
“The trip was amazing– and hard to describe. Actually, this is probably the hardest part of the trip (aside from coming back)- describing what I’ve just experienced… …THANK YOU to Camp Restore for your hospitality and a great place to crash at the end of a long day.” -Kayla Germain, The College of St. Rose
“There is no way, now that I met the people of New Orleans and forged a connection to a place that was so foreign to me before, that I can ignore the cries of those still homeless, jobless, and suffering. I saw it, I heard it, I felt it, and it’s in me now.” -Lisa Friedman, University of Rhode Island
We hope to see you soon! Plan your trip today!