TEAM LEADER: Tyler Sullivan
ASSISTANT TEAM LEADERS: Cat Cary; Dwyer Freeman; Janet Ruppert; Christian Shannon


SKILLS DEVELOPED INCLUDE: Exposure to outside communities, interview skills, coaching, & team
work/group dynamics.

PURPOSE: To organize events for the UA student body during Fall, Winter, and Spring breaks. To also
promote service once a month through Habitat for Humanity projects.

***Trips listed on bottom of page***

Alternative Break trips allow students to travel to communities in parts of the country and the
world, and engage in service and experimental learning during university holiday breaks. These
short-term service trips provide an all-inclusive experience for students while providing a
learning experience on issues such as literacy, poverty, culture, hunger, homelessness, and the environment. These trips are fundamentally life-changing for the students and those served.
The Center for Service & Leadership (CSL) began taking students on Alternative Break trips in 1995.
The first trip was to the Boys and Girls Club of Tuscaloosa where students worked to positively
impact the community youth. As interest grew, more and more projects were added locally,
nationally, and internationally. Since the first trip 19 years ago, it's evident that students want
to serve and the CSL can help them get there. Alternative Break trips include Alternative Fall
Break, Alternative Winter Break, and Alternative Spring Break

The purpose of the program is to involve college students in community-based service projects and
to give students opportunities to learn about the problems faced by members of communities with
whom they would otherwise have little or no contact with. Being completely immersed into diverse environments enables students to experience, discuss, and understand social issues in a significant way.

The CSL has also taken students to Nicaragua with Panorama Service Expeditions. Students worked in
a school where they taught ESL and computer literacy and built a library. The students were able to
engage with children on many different levels throughout the week. This allowed the group to have a
glimpse into the culture of the people of Nicaragua. The group also traveled around the country for
a day to see the vast culture that the country has to offer.

One participant shared, "This experience was a humbling experience for me. It reminded me that so
many people around the world do not have things we, so often, take for granted and the importance
of helping others when we can."

For more information and applications for 2015-2016 trips, go to or contact

"Though I will take away many things from this trip, by far the highlight of the trip and what I
will take away most from the trip is the relationships I built. I am so grateful to have met each
and every person who went on this trip. If I had not gone on this trip, I probably would not have
known any of these people, just other faces on campus, so I was so happy to step outside of the



Winter Break: Nicaragua

Date: Dec 13-21, 2015

Cost: $1400

Non-Refundable Deposit: $400 due August 31, 2015

Applications Closed: Trip Participants Selected. 

Applications for Spring trip to Nicaragua open Oct 1, 2015

Nicaragua is the largest country in Central America and the second poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere. It is known for its natural beauty, extraordinarily friendly people, and being the second safest country in the Hemisphere.
Panorama Service Expeditions (PSE) is a non-profit organization focused on grass-roots sustainable social and economic development projects in Nicaragua. PSE leads the Nicaragua Compact, a Panorama Services Expeditions-directed consortium of USA universities. This Compact focuses USA higher education efforts in Nicaragua towards long-term, sustainable and social justice-focused projects, all uniquely designed to intensify economic and social development in Nicaraguan communities.
Your expedition will continue to support the Instituto school and its children in the community of Monte Tabor. You will continue to build upon 'Bama's previous service and the work of other expeditions. You will staff a special Panorama Education Camp and assist in the development of the school’s computer lab and library, as well as securing the computer lab. Each service day is composed of teaching activities (ESL, Math, Art, Music) and with outside games, etc. during breaks. During your service project you will be guided by Panorama staff, by teachers, and by community members that take interest in the school's well-being.


International airfare
Daily meals
Private Ground Transportation
Private Group Managua Airport transfers
Full Project costs
Cultural Excursion
On site Panorama Service Expeditions staff available 24/7
Bottled water
After hours emergency number
Medical and Travel Insurance

For information on Alternative Break scholarships, visit the UA Away Website.


Fall 2015-Spring 2016 Trips


Alternative Fall Break: Selma, Alabama

October 28th - November 31st, 2015

Location: Selma, Alabama

Cost: $100

Click Here to Apply

Alternative Winter Break Domestic: HOUSE UNITED with AUBURN UNIVERSITY

December 13th - December 17th, 2015

Location: Greensboro, AL

Cost: $100

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Alternative Winter Break International: Nicaraguan Compact

December 13th - December 20th, 2015

Location: Managua, Nicaragua

Cost $1400

Non-Refundable Deposit of $400 due September 1, 2015.

Applications Closed

Alternative Spring Break Domestic:Orlando, Florida

Organization: Give Kids The World

March 11th - March 18th, 2016

Cost: TBD

Non-Refundable Deposit: TBD

Applications Live: Close, November 7, 2015 at 5:00pm

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Alternative Spring Break Domestic: SEC COMPACT: Guinn, Alabama

Organization: Habitat for Humanity

March 11th - March 18th, 2016

Cost: $100

Non-Refundable Deposit: $50

Applications Live: Close, November 7, 2015 at 5:00pm

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Alternative Spring Break Domestic: New Orleans, LA

Organization: TBD

March 11th - March 18th, 2016

Cost: TBD

Non-Refundable Deposit: TBD

Applications Live: Close, November 7, 2015 at 5:00pm


Alternative Spring Break International: Nicaraguan Compact

Organization: Panorama Service Expeditions

March 13th - March 20th, 2016

Location: Managua, Nicaragua

Cost $1800

Non-Refundable Deposit of $600 due, November 16, 2015

Applications Live: Close, November 7,2015 at 5:00pm

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Alternative Spring Break International: La Florida, Peru

Organization: The Fuller Foundation

March 12th - March 20th, 2016

Cost: $2300

Non-Refundable Deposit of $800 due, November 16, 2015

Applications Live: Close November 7, 2015 at 5:00pm

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