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Alternative Breaks

Alternative Breaks is an opportunity for students to participate in an intense service experience during their winter, spring, and weekend breaks. Participants travel to communities around the country where they work with local residents to address a pressing social issue. Breaks are open to K-State graduate, undergraduate and international students.

Alternative Breaks focuses on implementing the Service-Learning model. This model challenges volunteers to prepare, act, reflect, and evaluate their service experience. This approach to service tests the simple volunteer mindset and allows students to expand both the community impact and personal growth 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?

Winter Break
  • North High School, Denver
  • Hope Faith Ministries, Kansas City
  • Talequah, Oklahoma
Spring Break
  • North High School, Denver
  • Hope Faith Ministries, Kansas City
  • AIDS Services of Dallas
  • Environmental Sustainability, Springfield, Missouri
North High School, Denver

What social issue will I engage with?  Students will be exploring socioeconomic impacts on the public education system in Denver.

What type of service will I be doing?  Students will engage with the students and administrators of North High School on the work towards college readiness and understanding of the social issue focus through administrative assistance.

Hope Faith Ministries, Kansas City

What social issue will I engage with?  Students will be evaluating the root causes of homelessness and the various programs for relief in Kansas City, MO.

What type of service will I be doing?  Students will work along side Hope Faith staff in various tasks ranging from working in the food panty or kitchen to organizing the thrift store.  Students will also volunteer at Harvesters to get a glimpse of food insecurity in KC.

Tahlequah, Oklahoma

What social issue will I engage with?  Students will gain empathy and understanding for the Native American population in Talequah, Oklahoma.

What type of service will I be doing?  Students work alongside community members to rebuild infrastructure, participate in community events, and help clean up the community.

AIDS Services of Dallas

What social issue will I engage with?  Students will gain knowledge of how the healthcare system and non-profits support people with HIV and AIDS in Dallas, Texas.

What type of service will I be doing?  Students work alongside ASD staff in various ways.  Past groups have help paint buildings, build playgrounds, and create gardens, organize infrastructures.  Students will have the opportunity to engage in conversations with people struggling with HIV/AIDS as well as staff who work continuously alongside the population.

Springfield, Missouri

What social issue will I engage with?  Students will be looking into environmental sustainability with multiple community partners including the Missouri State Sustainability program, James River Basin Partnership, Springfield Botanical Center, Springfield Master Naturalist, and Springfield Community Garden.

What type of service will I be doing?  Students will participate in stream restoration, serve at Springfield Botanical Center, Springfield Community Garden, and experience an education day surrounding the topics of permaculture, tree grafting, forest management, bio-char, and more.

Total Costs
  • Site leaders; Non refundable of $50 + $75 = $125
  • Participants: Non-refundable of $50 + $200 = $250
What's included?
  • Transportation via enterprise rentals
  • All meals
  • Housing

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

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