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Alternative Breaks

The Alternative Breaks program engages University of Utah students, faculty, and staff in Justice work and experiential learning over school breaks. 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" collaborates with non-profit organizations to promote lifelong activism through service, education, dialogue, and reflection.


We still Have spots available on select Fall 2019 AB experiences! 

If you would like to join us on one of these transformative experiences this fall, please review trip options and costs. To register for an experience, please make a down payment of $100 for your desired trip by visiting the Alternative Breaks UMarket Store.

We recognize that this down payment may be a barrier to students. If this is the case, please contact J Swanger directly to make alternative arrangements.


For students interested in enrolling in Alternative Breaks for credit (UGS 2929) this fall: add codes for the course will only be distributed to students who have registered for a trip by making the $100 down payment. If you would like to opt in to AB for Credit, please contact J Swanger for additional information and an add code.

Questions? Call (801) 587-9027

Fall Break

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

LEARN More About Fall Break 

Spring Break

Immigration, Animal Advocacy, Marine Conservation--these trips and more are available as Alternative Spring Breaks.

LEARN MORE About Spring Break

Weekend Break

Want the Alt Breaks experience but don’t have an entire week to spend? Check out Alternative Weekend Breaks.

LEARN MORE About Weekend Breaks

Participant Resources

Information about required forms, trip discounts, and Justice workshops.


Become a Leader

Alt Breaks has leadership opportunities for students, faculty, and staff.


Meet the Team

These passionate folx put in months of careful planning before Alt Breaks depart.


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Last Updated: 9/17/19