University Center Activities & Events (ucae)

Alternative Breaks Program (ABP)




Applications for this year's Alternative Spring Break trip are now closed.

Impacting, Informing, Creating, Inspiring

What is an Alternative Break?
Held during the traditional fall and spring break periods, Alternative Breaks are programs where students travel beyond Duke and Durham and participate in projects where they not only serve the community but learn about issues affecting communities with which they may not otherwise interact. AFB and ASB provide an in-depth look at a number of social issues and gives participants the opportunity to learn, reflect, and identify ways that they can have an impact on issues facing society.

The UCAE: SA Alternative Break Program Mission Statement:
The Alternative Breaks Program within UCAE: Student Activities provides participants with intentional opportunities to move beyond the walls of Duke through impacting and informing personal perspectives, creating environments for mutual learning and inspiring connections across communities.



Through the Alternative Breaks Program, we hope students will …

  • have a heightened awareness of societal issues
  • explore ways to positively impact societal issues and their communities
  • reflect on personal experiences to apply their learning in the future
  • understand underlying causes of social injustice
  • be able to effectively collaborate with others Thumbnail

Current Alternative Break Trip

Our Fall 2017 trip is now open! Click here for more information.

Past Alternative Break trips

Follow the 2016 Alternative Spring Break trip to San Diego

Fall Break:

  • Childhelp Lignum, VA
  • Charlotte, NC


Spring Break(s):

  • Atlanta, GA
  • Lima, Peru
  • Literacy and Justice Through Photography – Washington, DC
  • Change. Educate. Connecting with Washington DC Public Education – Washington, DC
  • Moxie South / re: Telling Women’s Activism in the South – NC, GA, TN