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The Alternative Break Program offers multiple immersion service experiences in the region, nation and abroad. Through these trips, students have the opportunity to learn about complex social issues, build relationships with other students and staff, connect with a new community, and contribute important work to local organizations.

~~~Past Trips~~~

Sept 2014-Nepal

Nepal Service & Outdoor Education Trip

From September 3-24, 2014, a group of SOU students traveled to Nepal to volunteer with the organizations Initiative Outdoor and Guiding Disadvantaged Youth to Professions.

Participants engaged in a multitude of service and outdoor education components, including a trek and/or backpacking trip, various service projects and cultural experiences.




June 2014-Guatemala

Alternative Summer Break 2014

From June 16-July 1, SOU students returned to Guatemala for the third time to continue our work with As Green As It Gets. The group learned about coffee farming, fair trade practices, artisan crafts, non-toxic cosmetics, and explored a few different regions throughout the country.

Participants volunteered in the small farming communities of San Miguel de Escobar and Santa Anita, traveled to the diverse towns of Antigua and Quetzeltenango, and explored the shores of Lago de Atitlan. Volunteers were immersed in Guatemalan and Mayan culture, learned about the communities' challenges and successes, and heard stories directly from farmers' and their families over dinner.


Dec 2013-New Orleans

Alternative Winter Break 2013

December 12-22, Outdoor Programs and Civic Engagement hosted SOU's second Alternative Winter Break to New Orleans, LA.

New Orleans was our first ever Alternative Break trip in 2005 and we were thrilled to return nearly 8 years later.

The group of students worked directly in New Orleans and Biloxi, Mississippi. They helped build an oyster reef, maintain a church, volunteer at Head Start and many other amazing tasks. These organizations gave the students a direct look at how the Hurricane affected their lives then and continues to affect them today.

Visit our Facebook page to see some amazing photos from the week. 

March 2014-Bay Area

Alternative Spring Break 2014

From  March 23-29, 10 students and staff traveled to the Bay Area to focus on Early Childhood Education. The group worked with Early Head Start, Head Start and Boys and Girls Club to provide support to their important programming.