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March 16-23, 2019

Sites and Social Issues:

Please check back later this summer as we are still in the process of finalizing our sites for the coming year. Keep in mind that the Alternative Break program at the College of Charleston strives to maintain the same community partners each year in order to build reciprocal relationships. We expect to have the same or similar partnerships this coming year. Below is a list of our 2017-18 partnerships. 

Cultivating Common Ground: Environmental Justice and Mindfulness
Narrow Ridge Earth Literacy Center | Washburn, TN | $300
This week-long experiential learning opportunity offers students the chance to examine Earth Literacy through spirituality, sustainability, and community. On this trip, you will delve into environmental issues by engaging in organic gardening, conservation projects, and eco-construction projects. In addition, we will emphasize nature-centric activities, such as yoga, hiking, and meditation in order to better understand the importance of Earth’s natural resources and the need for environmental activism.

Constructing Relationships and Building Compassion: Affordable and Sustainable Housing
Habitat for Humanity | Asheville, NC | $300
This experience will address the nation’s housing crisis through education, direct service, and reflection. Housing insecurity is a very relevant issue in our country, as nearly 19 million low-income houses in the US have to pay over half of their income on housing. By partnering with Habitat for Humanity, we will gain a greater understanding of the housing crisis by participating in home construction as well as attending the organization’s provided educational programming.

Water Resources and Sustainability
Chesapeake Bay Foundation | Annapolis, MD | $300
This learning-service experience will give students an opportunity to support a large and influential nonprofit organization that serves as a watchdog and fights for effective, science-based solutions to the pollution degrading the Chesapeake Bay and its rivers and streams. Participants will take part in field work with staff members; learn about environmental degradation in the Chesapeake; and work together on projects related to trees, oysters, and sustainable agriculture.

LGBT+ Rights and Public Health
Gay Men’s Health Crisis Center | New York, NY | $300
Over the course of Spring Break, participants will work with the world’s first and leading provider of HIV/AIDS prevention, care, and advocacy. Participants will have the opportunity to support staff by serving meals to clients, putting together Safer Sex kits, and helping out with other special projects. In addition, participants will be educated on the ways that the Gay Men’s Health Crisis Center is working to develop comprehensive solutions that promote education, increase awareness, improve care, reduce stigma, elevate policy and build strong, supportive communities in order to end the HIV/AIDS crisis.

*Note that there are a limited number of spots on each trip and as such students may not get their first choice.

How to apply

Alternative Spring Break 2019 Participant Application 


The cost of the Alternative Spring Break program is $300. All payments are non-refundable. The program fee covers transportation, housing, on-site meals, and accommodations. Students are responsible for baggage fees and meals during travel time (at the airport or during a van ride). Financial aid is available on a case-by-case basis; please email Chris Ciarciac, Associate Director, at for more information.  

Faculty/Staff Learning Partners

While our Alternative Break experiences are entirely student-driven, planned, and facilitated, each of our trips also requires the presence of a faculty/staff Learning Partner. Our Learning Partners are full participants in each of our Alternative Break experiences. This is a great opportunity for faculty/staff members interested in building meaningful, mentoring relationships with students through service. 
Prospective faculty/staff Learning Partners are encouraged to read more about the opportunity here. Two specialized information sessions more faculty/staff members will be held in Lightsey Suite 203 (Center for Civic Engagement).
For more information about spring break or other Alternative Break experiences, please send us an email.

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