with Contrast Pockets Zippered Trim Cuffs Collar Baseball Long Sleeves Zipped Jacket Casual ​​​​​ Through Central Michigan Alternative Breaks, students have the opportunity to develop into lifelong active citizens in local, national, and global communities through diverse, direct-service experiences dedicated to social justice. 

Breaks occur over the academic winter, spring, summer, and weekend breaks. Alternative Break groups partner with nonprofit organizations working to combat social issues in their local area.

Breaks are comprised of 12 students total, including two trained student site leaders. Students sign up for breaks based on a social issue they are passionate about serving. The location and organization are disclosed to the group following sign ups.

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Prior to departure, participants meet weekly with their group to assist with planning and educate themselves about the social issue they will be serving. Students also learn about the Nine Quality Components of an Alternative Break and the Active Citizen Continuum, which are models for service and leadership in an Alternative Break designed by Break Away

To learn more about an Alternative Break, check out the links below.

Types of Alternative Breaks 

Weeklong Breaks  (AWB, ASB, ASumB)​
International Breaks

Alternative Weekends
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Leadership Opportunities​

Becoming a Site Leader
Becoming a Board Member


9 Quality Components

Active Citizen Continuum

Additional Information

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Billing and Costs
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