Alternative Breaks

Your school breaks can change your life and help a community  when you spend that time on a transformative Alternative Break trip. The  Alternative Breaks Program engages University of Utah students, faculty and staff in community in volunteerism and experiential learning. Teams of students, along with faculty/staff partners, visit and work in cities throughout the Western United States on a variety of community-identified projects to address unmet social and environmental justice needs. “Alt Breaks” collaborate with non-profit organizations to promote lifelong service through service, education, and dialogue.

U of U students, Fall 2018 weeklong and weekend trip registration is open! These trip spots will fill on a first-come, first-served basis. To register please visit Alternative Breaks UMarket Store.

Are you a U of U employee? 2018-2019 Staff-Faculty Partners are needed! To learn more about this mentorship role, visit the become a leader page. Fall applications are due May 9th, Spring applications are due July 20, 2018.


Fall Break

Discover yourself and explore Utah’s spectacular red rock country in one of several alternative Fall Breaks.


Spring Break

Interested in marine conservation or empowering at-risk youth? These trips and more are available for an alternative Spring Break.


Weekend Break

Want the alternative break experience but don’t have an entire week to spend? Check out weekend only alternative breaks.


Participant Resources

Information about the required  forms, trip discounts, and trainings.


Become a Leader

Alternative break leadership opportunities for students, faculty and staff.


Meet the Team

Students and staff put in months of careful planning before anyone hits the road.



Last Updated: 7/6/18