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Welcome home, Breakers!

We hope you are excited for the year of Alternative Breaks ahead of us! You will find the break travel dates & application windows for the 2021-2022 academic year listed below. We look forward breaking for social justice with you this year!

Due to the safety concerns of you and our partner communities from the spread of COVID-19, breaks will be within our own communities for the fall semester. We worked tirelessly to create a break experience that is as memorable and important as previous traveling breaks.

We are currently planning to return to traveling breaks in the Spring semester. Additional information about Spring and May breaks will be shared at the beginning of 2022. Until then, join us in “breaking” a difference with our StayBreaks!

For more information check-out our FAQ link below.

Application Dates

  • October StayBreak Application – Closes September 24th at Midnight
  • November StayBreak Application – Closes October 22nd at Midnight

Upcoming AB Travel Dates

  • Statesboro Stay Break | October 9 – 10, 2021
  • Statesboro Stay Break | November 13 – 14, 2021

For Site Information

Scroll below to read about the various Alternative Breaks we are offering this cycle! Each blurb provides a Physical Exertion Level score. This score (on a scale from 1 – 5) indicates how physically demanding the service projects on a given break are expected to be. This score is provided to assist breakers in making break selections that are best suited to their needs. 

Once you are sure you know what Alternative Breaks you would like to apply for, click the button below to head over to our application. ALL students, no matter the campus, can apply for all Alternative Breaks offered. Statesboro campus & Armstrong campus indicators are clearly marked, so breakers know which campus pre-break events will be hosted from and where travel will be coordinated from for each Alternative Break. 

Alternative Fall StayBreaks

*All pre-break events & travel will be coordinated at the campus listed in the left column


Poverty within a community impacts all within that community. Poverty has strong associations with homelessness, job insecurity, and child welfare. Focusing on the root causes of poverty can elevate the community as a whole. Interested? On this break, you’ll be on your feet, directly interacting with community members in various settings.

Physical Exertion Level: 2
Break Type: Stay/Local

Cost: $15.00 

Social Issue(s):
No Poverty & Zero Hunger

Break Focus: Food Insecurity

Sustainability isn’t being perfect at recycling and using reusable grocery bags. It impacts the health of every creature and our earth. Interested? On this break, you’ll be able to directly impact the Bulloch County community by showing how to invest in sustainable practices.

Physical Exertion Level: 3
Break Type: Stay/Local

Cost: $15.00 

Social Issue(s):
Responsible Consumption & Production

Break Focus: Sustainability

We all make waste, so why not reuse that waste into something helpful! Interested? On this break, breakers will be getting into the weeds of helping reduce climate change through create new and helpful material from what others would throw into a landfill.

Physical Exertion Level: 4
Break Type: Stay/Local

Cost: $15.00 

Social Issue(s):
Climate Action & Life on Land

Break Focus: City Ecosystems
STATESBORO CAMPUS“Planting our Future”

Plants play an integral role in air quality of a city or town. They also provide biodiversity, shade, and beauty. Interested? On this break, get your hands dirty by planting, protecting, and educating about the role of plants in a city ecosystem.

Physical Exertion Level: 4
Break Type: Stay/Local

Cost: $15.00 

Social Issue(s):
Climate Action & Sustainable Cities & Communities

Break Focus:
City Ecosystems

What is an Alternative Break trip?

Alternative May Break 2018 – Flint, Michigan. Video shot & produced by student volunteer, Brandon Wright.

Note for new participants: The Georgia Southern Alternative Break program operates with an “issue first” focus, meaning we keep our site locations quiet until Site Reveal each week-long break cycle. This is done so you can focus on selecting a social issue you are passionate about first and foremost during the application process. 

Thing to Know: The Alternative Breaks program is aligning our service with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which are an urgent call for action by all countries – developed and developing – in a global partnership. They recognize that ending poverty and other deprivations must go hand-in-hand with strategies that improve health and education, reduce inequality, and spur economic growth – all while tackling climate change and working to preserve our oceans and forests. As you read through our break blurbs, take a second to click the link to the SDG(s) your break of interest is aligned with to learn a little more about it!

Not sure what social issues you are interested in? No problem! Contact any of our Alternative Break Board members or feel free to take the brief Social Issues Inventory to get a feel for the type of service projects/issues you might be interested in. 

Feel unprepared to serve? We’ve got you! Check out our Ready to Serve page for tips and tricks about how to mentally and physically prepare to serve others. If you’re still feeling uneasy, reach out to a member of the Alternative Break Board, your site leader, the AB Graduate Assistant, or the AB Coordinator!

If you have any questions, contact Kasie Thompson or 912-478-1435.

Last updated: 8/23/2021