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Alternative Break LogoOne of the most popular service opportunities at Austin Peay: Alternative Break Trips! Studentshave the opportunity to spend their breaks volunteering in other communities and having amazing experiences. Every trip has a theme, a student trip leader, and faculty/staff member. Trips are very affordable - never more than $100 for domestic trips and are all inclusive. Each trip includes an exploration day where volunteers explore the historical, natural, or cultural specialties in the area.




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.

Learning Outcomes
  1. The student will be able to connect applied experiences derived from participation in alternative break trips with relevant knowledge acquired from exposure to course work from multiple academic disciplines.
  2. The student will be able to adapt and apply skills, abilities, theories, or methodologies acquired in classroom settings to address novel situations or problems in alternative break settings.
  3. The student will be able to demonstrate the ability to engage in meaningful self-reflection that leads to self-awareness and a sense of competence to effectively respond to new and challenging contexts.


Grafton, Illinois:  Living Lands & Waters


Participants will traverse the Mississippi River on foot and in boats with the Living Lands & Waters crew for a week-long cleanup. In addition to a new location, something else that makes the 2018 ASB unique is the addition of invasive species removals on the Grafton bluffs and state park restoration at Pere Marquette State Park!  This spring break experience is guaranteed to leave you with not only the satisfaction of knowing that you’ve given back to the community but also a lifetime’s worth of laughter and memories.


March 3-10, 2018 | Trip costs - $100 | Application due - March 12, 2018

Houston, Texas:  Fuller Center for Housing


Houston is still in the early stages of rebuilding following Hurricane Harvey.  Austin Peay has sent donations to Texas, and now we're sending students to work with the Fuller Center for Housing.  The group will be doing rehabs—homes flooded with 2-4 feet of water and now gutted. Expect the work to be primarily interior like insulating, drywalling, floors and doors, cabinets and vanities, trimming, painting, etc.


March 3-10, 2018 | Trip costs - $100 | Application due - March 12, 2018

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Antigua, Guatemala: Maximo Nivel / International Volunteer Headquarters


Start your summer off by traveling to Antigua, Guatemala for the fourth time to volunteer with local organization, Maximo Nivel.  Time will be spent volunteering with the local community (construction and renovation), exploring the city, and participating in excursions such as climbing a volcano or learning to salsa dance.  

$600 deposit due to hold your spot | Deposit due - December 8, 2017

Total trip costs - $1300 (includes flight, lodging, and breakfast/dinner each day)

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Complete the following application as thoroughly as possible. Any questions can be sent to willsa@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 e-mail. Please include your most frequently used e-mail address on the application. 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.