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Spring Semester 2022

3 different experiences to choose from!


Spring Break Experiences: Saturday, 3/5 to Saturday, 3/12

Weekend Experiences: Friday, 3/18 to Sunday, 3/20

AB Lite Experiences (Free, Local, & No Overnight): Friday, 3/18 to Sunday, 3/20


The Alternative Breaks fall selection process is application based only (not first-come, first-served as in the past).

The fall weekend break will remain first-come, first-served, so completing the registration confirms your participation.


Applications for all spring experiences open in 

Early October! Check back for more updates!


Check out the different experiences we'll be sending out below along with other information you'll need as a prospective Alt Breaker! 


For students interested in enrolling in Alternative Breaks for credit (UGS 2929) during the spring 2022 semester:

Add codes for the course will only be distributed to students who have been offered a spot on a spring AB experience. Please wait until after applications close and offers are made before seeking an add code for the course. If you would like to opt in to AB for Credit or have any questions, please contact Grace Hymel for additional information.

Spring 2022 Alternative Breaks Experiences


About this Experience

On this experience, participants will learn about behavioral health, the harm reduction model, and the stigma surrounding addiction through active service, conversation, and reflection.  Students will develop a deeper knowledge of the disparities faced by people suffering from mental and substance abuse disorders.  Participants will engage with community partners to observe and analyze the model of harm reduction in Vancouver to see how it approaches the issue of addiction and care of people suffering from addiction.  The stigma and stereotypes surrounding behavioral health disorders will be discussed and challenged to understand the underlying causes of these conditions.

Past Participant Reflections

“Insite for me, was by far the most eye opening. They focus on the harm-reduction model when helping drug users in Vancouver. They provide clean needles and other supplies to IV drug users so that they can shoot up safely. This is a concept that I had never heard of until this trip. It deepened my knowledge about stigma and what a person can do to reduce stigma and help drug users.”

“One of my favorite parts of the trip was going on a tour of the Downtown Eastside with a former drug user named Rodney. It was so intriguing to hear his point of view and how he has been affected by the resources and policies we were learning about. It gave a really great contrast between the perspective of the implementers and practicality of the actual resource. I also like that he told us it was our choice to speak out about these issues or continue to ignore them.”

Cost: $500 (Cost is all-inclusive and covers lodging, transportation, food, and volunteer experiences). *Participants on this experience also need to purchase $35 international insurance if they do not have a policy.

*Trip discounts are available based on financial need.

This experience is application based. 

Dates: 3/5 to 3/12

About this Experience

TBD

Past Participant Reflections

TBD

Dates: 3/5 to 3/12

About this Experience

This weekend experience alongside the Dolores River in Southeastern Utah will provide students with a greater understanding and appreciation of ecology and the environment. Students will learn about the unique art and biology of the Colorado Plateau, importance of water conservation, human history, and the solitude and inspiration within such a complex and fragile locale. Participants will engage in dialogue and reflection about human-environment interactions and learn the best practices of sustainable living.

Cost: $50 (cost is all-inclusive and covers lodging, transportation, food, and volunteer experiences).

This AB experience is registration based. To register, please visit our UMarket store to make your down payment and reserve your spot!

We recognize that the $100 down payment for the weekend experience can present a barrier to participating on this Alternative Break. If this is the case, please contact Grace Hymel, Alternative Breaks Program Manager, to make alternative arrangements.

Dates: 3/5 to 3/12

About this Experience

During this highly educational experience, participants will explore the various impacts of HIV and AIDS in communities both locally and nationally. Participants will gain a basic understanding of the historical implications of HIV, sex education, preventative treatments, safe drug use, and the impacts of HIV and AIDS on interpersonal relationships, access to healthcare, and food security. Additionally, participants will be learning to break down and challenge misconceptions surrounding HIV and AIDS as they work alongside community-based programs utilizing harm reduction models.

Past Participant Reflections

“Working at Project Angelfood was very helpful in deepening my knowledge of HIV/AIDS. Prior to volunteering, a coordinator discussed with us the purpose of their organization. She talked about how important it is for someone fighting a life threatening disease to have access to good nutrition. This is something that I never thought about before but is so crucial to their care.”Past Participant Reflections

“I hope to get involved with the Utah AIDS Foundation and find out what unique things they are doing to create more awareness and help those affected by HIV/AIDS.”

Cost: $425 (Cost is all-inclusive and covers lodging, transportation, food, and volunteer experiences).

*Trip discounts are available based on financial need.

This experience is application based. 

Dates: 3/5 to 3/12

About this Experience

On this AB experience, participants will work in power with local non-profits to learn about root causes of homelessness, systemic barriers to overcoming it, and best practices in homeless services. The experience will focus on humanizing folx living houseless and changing narratives of violence and drugs to those of strength and resilience. Participants on this experience will be learning from organizations advocating for housing first practices and social justice for homeless individuals.

Past Participant Reflection

“I’ve never really had too much experience or knowledge about food banks or homelessness. I had prior knowledge about the food system and the ways people are affected by it but I never got to see those effects first hand. This trip provided me with the hands-on experience and knowledge about hunger, homelessness, and poverty that I was lacking.”

Cost: $440 (Cost is all-inclusive and covers lodging, transportation, food, and volunteer experiences).

*Trip discounts are available based on financial need.

This experience is application based. 

Dates: 3/5 to 3/12

About this Experience

Focusing on food insecurity and the environmental impacts of food production, participants on this experience will serve and learn alongside local organizations leading conversations surrounding food production, distribution, and access. Participants will be challenged to explore the difference between hunger and food justice and how each of these issues relates to their everyday life. 

Past Participant Reflections

“At the end of my trip when we went to the farm as out last agency, everything clicked. It was a culmination of all the services we had done finally coming full circle. We saw every step in the process of food justice. Plus, the person who was head of the farm was extremely insightful and I learned a lot from them.”

“I intend to take the experience and knowledge I was able to gain in Seattle and put it to work in variety of ways in my own community. This will include becoming more involved with a few different organizations and projects that are actively trying to fight for food justice and fight against poverty and hunger.”

Cost: $440 (Cost is all-inclusive and covers lodging, transportation, food, and volunteer experiences).

*Trip discounts are available based on financial need.

This experience is application based. 

Dates: 3/5 to 3/12

About this Experience

On this Alt Break experience, participants will be exploring the salient intricacies of immigration in relation to poverty, health and policy from a community-based perspective. This experience will focus on the healthcare and educational access that immigrants and impoverished populations receive due to political climate, socioeconomic status, and oppression. Participants will be learning from and serving community centers focused on the promotion of social justice for individuals of varying legal status.

Past Participant Reflections

“This trip was extremely meaningful in every aspect, but I feel like the playing factor in tying all the little pieces together was how well reflections post experience as a group gave us the opportunity to bounce ideas and opinions back and forth and reevaluate our thoughts and feelings. It helped me to overcome barriers that I had previously not encountered before in terms of dialogue and understanding.”

“The opportunity to talk to actual people and affected individuals was the most powerful experience. I will remember their stories, not the numbers of statistics that the community partners provided for us.”

Cost: $450 (Cost is all-inclusive and covers lodging, transportation, food, and volunteer experiences).

*Trip discounts are available based on financial need.

This experience is application based. 

Dates: 3/5 to 3/12

About this Experience

Participants on this Alt Break will explore the complex relationship between humans and our oceans and the opportunities for communities and individuals to support active conservation efforts and be stewards of the Earth’s marine spaces.This hands-on community engaged learning experience will identify the intersecting effects of our oceans, humans, wildlife, and the economy. Participants on this exciting Alt Break will be learning from and working alongside non-profit organizations and social impact groups striving for marine conservation and education.

Past Participant Reflections

“The experience deepened my understanding of the importance of native plants to the functionality of an environment. I also learned about ways I could become more involved from the interns we worked with, and I felt as though we made huge progress in just a few hours.”

“The service also was very impactful; we were able to see the direct effect our service was having with the local community.”

Cost: $480 (Cost is all-inclusive and covers lodging, transportation, food, and volunteer experiences).

*Trip discounts are available based on financial need.

This experience is application based. 

Dates: 3/5 to 3/12

About this Experience

Michelle Alexander says it best when she writes in her book, The New Jim Crow, “Today it is perfectly legal to discriminate against criminals in nearly all the ways that it was once legal to discriminate against African Americans. Once you’re labeled a felon, the old forms of discrimination—employment discrimination, housing discrimination, denial of the right to vote, denial of educational opportunity, denial of food stamps and other public benefits, and exclusion from jury service—are suddenly legal. As a criminal, you have scarcely more rights, and arguably less respect, than a black man living in Alabama at the height of Jim Crow. We have not ended racial caste in America; we have merely redesigned it.”

Despite claims that slavery and racism are memories of a distant American past, our society continues its dependence on the unjust enslavement of black and brown communities. Join us as we embark on a journey to unpack Antiblackness, the prison-industrial complex, and abolition as they each relate to the system of mass incarceration.

Dates: 3/5 to 3/12

About this Experience

This experience will focus on gender, sexuality, identity, and social marginalization, and participants will be exploring the intersections of those pieces. A highly educational experience, participants will be serving community organizations that support these intersectional identities and challenging marginalization. Participants will be engaging in dialogue and reflection about the need for increased social acceptance and accessibility for the LGBTQIA* community.

Past Participants Reflections

“The reflections showcased the importance of considering privilege both outside and inside the LGBT community. My understanding of intersectionality was deepened through volunteering with Aguilas and Trikone.”Past Participant Reflections

“I learned SO much from this trip. I learned more about the history of the LGBTQ+ community and the issues surrounding it today. I met many incredible people, some with very similar opinions to mine and others who I disagreed with on some topics. I think meeting all of these different people and dialoguing was the most impactful.”

Cost: $485 (Cost is all-inclusive and covers lodging, transportation, food, and volunteer experiences).

*Trip discounts are available based on financial need.

This experience is application based. 

Dates: 3/5 to 3/12

About this Experience

"It is the obligation of every person born in a safer room to open the door when someone in danger knocks." - Dina Nayeri

This AB experience addresses the complex and intersecting unmet needs around refugee rights and the resettlement process. Specific consideration is given to supporting the basic human rights of refugees, asylum seekers, and displaced persons in the Salt Lake Valley through volunteer work with local community organizations. Come ready to listen to local communities, learn about the complexities of resettlement, and become a leader in advocating for those of a refugee background in our sanctuary city.


Cost: FREE. The Bennion Center will cover all AB-related expenses for participants including transportation, food, and volunteer experiences. (Participants will be responsible for individual purchases such as souvenirs, extra snacks, etc.)

Dates: 3/25 to 3/27Expect an an early morning departure from the U on Saturday morning, a return to campus and participants' individual homes on Saturday evening, and repeating the process on Sunday.

Format: Primarily in-person. While some components of this experience may take place virtually or remotely—including pre-break meetings—we currently anticipate that the majority of the day-long break will occur in-person at various sites on- and off-campus.

About this Experience

An immersive experience that is both highly educational and labor intensive, this trip will focus on the practice of environmentalism in an urban setting. Participants will explore recycling and upcycling initiatives, the walkability of cities, native space restoration, and the accessibility of clean air and water by different populations. Participants will be serving alongside community organizations in this environmentally conscious city and learning best practices of environmental stewardship in cities.

Past Participant Reflection

“Working at Free Geek really opened my eyes to the long process that must be taken to recycle electronics. I never realized that computers had to be broken down to plastic, metal, and chords. It made me realize that we should try to design our computers to be recycled easier and try to use less harmful chemicals when making them.”

Cost: $430* (Cost is all-inclusive and covers lodging, transportation, food, and volunteer experiences).

*Trip discounts are available based on financial need.

This experience is application based. 

Dates: 3/5 to 3/12

MEET THE SITE LEADER & STAFF PARTNER FOR EACH SPRING EXPERIENCE!



Participant Information

The Alternative Breaks spring selection process is application based only (not first-come, first-served). AWB is first-come, first-served, so completing the registration confirms your participation. The deadline to apply for Spring Alt Breaks is Monday, November 22nd, 2021 at 11:59pm.  Info session attendance is not required but encouraged. Students should apply even if they cannot attend an information session.

INFO SESSIONS - Find out more about the program and meet this year's student leaders!

All information sessions will be held in the Bennion Center (Union 101) on the following dates: TBA

These are the expectations to which the Bennion Center holds all of its Alternative Breaks participants. Failure to adhere the Alternative Breaks and University of Utah policies will result in expulsion from the program and forfeiture of deposit and/or entire trip cost.

All participants are expected to:

  • Attend a Justice Workshop in preparation for their AB experience (approximately 1.5 hours)
  • Attend all pre-departure meetings and other trip activities and trainings (approximately 8 hours)
  • Provide policy information for any personal medical insurance they will have for the duration of their trip in the event of a medical emergency. Medical insurance is not a requirement to participate in Alternative Breaks; a secondary group insurance is purchased to cover those who do not have medical insurance.
  • Be financially responsible for any incidental personal expenses incurred during the trip (i.e. souvenirs)
  • Participate in all trip activities including work/service projects, team-building exercises, and other activities as determined by group leaders
  • Abide by all University of Utah policies and procedures as they apply to the Alternative Breaks experience
  • Remain alcohol- and drug-free from date of departure until time of return
  • Participate in a post-break Reorientation event on October 30, 2020 from 4:00-6:00 pm (loction TBA).

Applicants will be notified whether or not they have been selected by Dec. 3, 2021. At this time, applicants who have been selected will have until Dec. 10, 2021 to reserve their spot with a $100 down payment. Payment method will be available online. Failure to place a down payment will result in forfeiture of your spot. Down Payments are non-refundable.

Payment Plans: Special arrangements may be made concerning a payment plan for the down payment/total payment. Please contact Grace Hymel for more information.

Total costs must be paid by February 13th, 2022.

If you cancel your reservation on an experience after February 13th, 2022, you are responsible for the entire cost of the experience. Non-compliance is subject to a hold being placed on your University records.

Expenses covered by your payment include all community engagement activities, transportation, meals, and lodging throughout the experience.

Trip Discounts (AB version of a scholarship) to subsidize the cost of the AB experience are available to students with a financial need. All participants are welcome to apply if you are experiencing a financial hardship. Trip Discount applications will be made available upon being offered a trip spot and are due December 5th, 2021.

For any questions or concerns please contact Grace Hymel.

Dates

Info

September 11, 2021

November 22, 2021

December 3, 2021

December 5, 2021

December 10, 2021

January 10, 2022

February 13, 2022

March 12-19, 2022

March 25-27, 2022

April 8, 2022

Applications open online for Spring 2022

Priority Applications close

Notification of participant status

Trip Discount Application due

$100, non-refundable Down Payment is due to confirm participation

Final Payments posted

Final Payments due and all AB Participant Forms due

Alternative Spring Break

Weekend Break & AB Lite

AB Spring Reorientation Event (4:00-6:00pm, location TBA)

 

Please contact Grace Hymel with any questions



Support for Alternative Breaks experiences provided by:

U of U Alumni Association Logo
Parent fund
BW Bastian Foundation
Last Updated: 9/13/21