Alternative Breaks at UNA

IMPORTANT UPDATE: Spring Break travel cancelled.

Please read the following statement about the decision to cancel all Spring Break AB travel.

In collaboration with Alternative Break site personnel at locations where the University of North Alabama Alternative Break trips are planned, and in the best interest of the communities and potentially vulnerable populations that UNA would be serving, the Division of Student Affairs has made the decision to cancel the four Spring Break service trips planned for the last full week of March.  The uncertainty of data point predictions over the next few weeks for the coronavirus domestically and worldwide leads the University to exercise travel caution during that time.  

These trip sites include:

  • Peru
  • Honduras
  • Hubert, North Carolina       
  • Mayville, Michigan

The University makes this decision in the greatest interest of student safety and the well-being of the communities that UNA serves through alternative break opportunities. This decision emphasizes that “serving” sometimes equates to simply putting others before oneself and considering the wellbeing of all. 

Creating a community of active citizens by empowering students through direct service opportunities.

Every year, the Alternative Breaks program educates, trains and sends groups of 10-15 students into their local and global communities to experience hands-on work with social justice issues.

The Alternative Breaks Program is a student-focused initiative that organizes international and domestic trips with a social justice perspective during Winter and Spring Breaks. Alternative Breaks are service-learning experiences designed to heighten participants’ awareness of critical social issues, enhance their individual growth, and prepare them for lifelong social action. Each student-initiated trip integrates service, reflection and education and focuses on topics as varied as poverty, indigenous rights, structural racism, human rights, animal advocacy, gender equality, and the environment.

Each trip is lead by student site leaders who are selected based on past AB participation and ability to plan and execute impactful experiences. Site leaders assist in the logistical planning process, pre-trip meetings and service, group reflections during the trips, and post-trip service and reorientation. Check the "Get Involved" tab for more information about participating on a trip or getting more involved with the program. 

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