Alternative Break

Alternative Break

Alternative Break gives you the chance to participate in community-based projects that include engagement with members of the community and exposure to the problems, customs and culture of the region. Our teams are trained by community partners to understand the specific content of their service work and are prepared to carry out their tasks.

Each trip will be comprised of a diverse group of students who will get to know one another in pre-service meetings January – March. This is a great way to meet new people who are also passionate about service! Choose to serve locally, nationally or internationally, receive pre-training, and take leadership roles on campus by participating in Alternative Break. PittServes is seeking students who want to make a difference, learn about themselves, and create a better community.

Team meetings will begin in January in preparation for travel in March.

What do we do on Alternative Break?

During the week of Alternative Spring Break, a team of Pitt students participate in daily service projects with local nonprofit organizations and community partners. All transportation is coordinated through the Office of PittServes. The sponsoring agency gives an orientation that outlines the social issues that impact the community.

Students participate in intentional team building and community service with members of the organizations served. Spring Break is offered for all Pitt students. Each program determines the travel schedule, number of hours served, and continued engagement. Alternative Break is both drug-free and alcohol-free.

Upcoming Trips

Application, selection, team building sessions, and pre-service training for spring break 2020 will take place in November 2019 – March 2020. Build your break experience with new friends, new ideas, and new locations!

The full cost of the trips will likely be: $50-$175 for local trips; $425 -$600 for national trips; and $4,250 for international trips. Nearly all costs are covered through the registration fee. Some meals, additional student spending(recreational activities), or souvenirs are not covered by this fee. There are three Alt Break payments due. The first payment is due December 11th. The second payment is due January 17th. The third payment is due January 31st.

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March 2020 Alt Break Trips

Location Partner
East Liberty Repair the World
Environmental Justice Washington/Greene County Center for Coalfield Justice and Washington & Jefferson College
Tennessee Cumberland Trail State Park
Washington D.C. Youth Services Opportunities Project
Ecuador-Galapagos United Planet