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Alternative Breaks


Alternative Breaks is an opportunity for students to participate in an intensive service experience during their winter, spring, and weekend breaks.  Participants travel to communities around the midwest where they work with local residents to learn how their host communities are addressing pressing social issues.  Breaks are open to K-State undergraduate, graduate, and international students.

Alternative breakers will learn through service.  They will be challenged to prepare, act, reflect, and evaluate their service experience.  This approach to service tests the simple volunteer mindset and allows students to understand community impact and grow personally through service.

"I feel like I talk about wanting social change so much that if I can't give up a spring break, do I really value it? -- Alternative Breaks Participant


Where will you serve over Spring Break? (March 10-15, 2019)

  • North High School, Denver, CO; Exploring socioeconomic impacts on public education

  • Springfield, MO; Strengthening environmental sustainability

  • AIDS Services of Dallas, Dallas, TX; Gaining knowledge of how the healthcare system supports people living with HIV and AIDS

  • Camp Summit, Fort Worth, TX; Celebrating the abilities of children with disabilities

Where will you serve over Winter Break? (January 6-11, 2019)

  • North High School, Denver, CO; Exploring socioeconomic impacts on public education

  • Hope Faith Ministries, Kansas City, MO; Evaluating root causes of homelessness and various programs for relief

  • Thrive Allen County, Iola, KS; Engaging with challenges and approaches to promoting rural public health.

Weekend Break to Thrive Allen County, Iola KS: October 19-20, 2018


  • Site Leaders: Non-refundable $50 + $75 = $125

  • Participants: Non-Refundable $50 + $200 = $250

  • All Weekend Break Participants $10

Spring 2019 participants and site leaders are eligible for full or partial scholarships to cover the cost of their Alternative Break experience. Scholarship applications will be available in January. 

What is included?

  • Transportation via enterprise rentals

  • Grocery/Food Stipend

  • Housing

100% of former Alt Breakers said they would recommend the program to a friend.

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