Go back

Alternative Break Trips

One of the most popular service opportunities at Austin Peay is our Alternative Break Trips! Every fall, winter, spring, and summer break we offer trips to students where they can spend their breaks volunteering and exploring new cities. Trips are affordable so that every student has the possibility to go - you'll never pay more than $100 for domestic trips, and they include all food, housing and transportation! So take a look at what trips we have coming up and apply today!

student posing together for a picture Students Painting on alternative break trip
students next to cattle gate with danger bison signs


The mission of the Alternative Break Program is to engage students in meaningful and collaborative community service in an effort to increase awareness of social and environmental issues and strengthen the communities in which they serve as well as foster a strong sense of community among trip participants and to the university as a whole.


Volunteer with All Hands and Hearts to assist with hurricane Ian damage!  Trip dates are Dec 10 - 17th. Trip costs $100 per student includes housing, transportation, meals and excursion. Applications are due Nov 15, 2022

flier for alt break 2022 trip


Volunteer in beautiful Chattanooga, TN with habitat for humanity to assist those with housing needs. Trip dates are March 4 - 11th, 2023. Trip costs $75  includes housing, transportation, meals and excursion. Applications are due February 10, 2023

Alt break spring 2023 flier

Volunteer in Eastern Kentucky with flood clean up efforts at Camp Nathanael to prepare for summer camp season.  Trip dates are March 4 - 11th, 2023. Trip costs $80 includes housing, transportation, meals and excursion. Applications are due February 10, 2023

Alt break flier for Kentucky

Travel to Puerto Rico for a week in July 2023 to volunteer. Applications are due October 23, 2022 at 4 pm with deposit of $350. If selected, remaining $300 will be due February 1. Total trip cost $650 includes housing, food, plane ticket, transportation, excursion. 

    Alt break puerto rico

Complete the following application as thoroughly as possible. Any questions can be sent to pottsm@apsu.edu. At the bottom of the application, please choose the trip(s) you are applying for.

Important Information: Information regarding the trips will be distributed through APSU e-mail. Please apply with your APSU email. You will be expected to check your e-mail regularly for updates from your trip leader and other participants.

Minimum Eligibility and Conditions for Participation: Students must be in good conduct/judicial standing with the university and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0.

Alternative Break Participant Expectations
The following is a list of minimum expectations; your individual trips leaders will discuss and formulate additional expectations as needed. By applying for the trip, it means you have read and understood the trip expectations.
  • Participate in pre-trip activities including group meetings, info sessions, or fundraising efforts.
  • Be fully engaged at a participatory level helping to plan and attend events associated with the trip and aspects of the trip's itinerary.
  • Maintain communication with trip leader including responding to e-mails and phone calls in a timely manner.
  • Become aware of relevant health and safety risks relevant to your destination.
  • All payments made to Alternative Break are non-refundable.
All information regarding the trip and application status will be sent AFTER the application deadline. Please do not email about the status of your application before the deadline.
example: 931 221 6590

Interested in leading your own trip? Students who have previously gone on an Alternative Break Trip have the opportunity to apply to be a student leader! Student leaders get to choose the location of a trip, a non-profit to work with, and lead the group through the week's activities. If you are interested in leading a trip, sign up below!

Have you attended an Alternative Break Trip in the past?
Updates on the application process will be sent through email. Please be sure to list an email that you check regularly.