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Alternative Breaks 2019-2020


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 2019-2020 academic year listed below. We look forward to you breaking for social justice with us this year!

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. 

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. 

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!


Fall Weekend & Winter Alternative Break Application is NOW OPEN!


Scroll below to read about the various Alternative Breaks we are offering for our Fall Weekend and Alternative Winter Breaks. 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 them.

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 applicants, no matter the campus nor the Alternative Break you are applying for, will use the same application link to apply. Statesboro campus & Armstrong campus indicators are clearly marked, so breakers know which campus all pre-break events will be hosted and from where travel will be coordinated for each Alternative Break.

Fall Weekend Breaks

STATESBORO CAMPUS
*All pre-break events & travel will be coordinated at the Statesboro campus
“The Beautiful”

Natural disasters and human interaction cause great harm to coastal regions. On this Alternative Break, you will be diminishing the impact of humans and disasters in public natural habitats. Interested? On this break, you may be restoring trails or historic structures, conducting surveys of visitors, supporting education programs, or maybe something equally as exciting!

Physical Exertion Level: 4
Break Type: Driving Domestic

Cost: $25.00

Social Issue(s):
Life Below Water & Climate Action

Break Focus: Coastal Preservation

ARMSTRONG CAMPUS
*All pre-break events & travel will be coordinated at the Armstrong campus
“Visionary”

On this Alternative Break, the community partner we will be working with offers services to the homeless and low-income of a continually growing city. Located in downtown, they focus efforts among a wide range of services, such as; free meals and clothing to those in need, clothing distribution to areas impacted by natural disasters, and housing rehabilitation projects. Our partner works consistently with other local organizations to provide the best care through life skills training, case management, recovery support, and re-homing. Interested? Breakers can expect to walk away with a better understanding of best practices and services offered to support often undeserved populations.

Physical Exertion Level: 3
Break Type: Driving Domestic

Cost: $25.00

Social Issue(s):
No Poverty

Break Focus: Low Wealth Services

Alternative Winter Breaks

*All pre-break events & travel will be coordinated at the Statesboro campus for ALL Alternative Winter Breaks.

STATESBORO CAMPUS “Hope”

A child is hospitalized while their family can not afford to stay at or near the hospital due to the high costs. The organization for this Alternative Break is not letting the children stay without family near by providing lodging and meals. Interested? This break allows you the opportunity to invest your time with families of hospitalized children, beautification of the building, and creating a feeling of home for the families and children.

Physical Exertion Level: 3
Break Type: Driving Domestic

Cost: $150.00

Social Issue(s):
Good Health & Well-being

Break Focus: Children’s Medical Services

STATESBORO CAMPUS “Freedom Fighters”

Many social issues affect homeless and low-income families and individuals. On the Alternative Break, you will have the opportunity to learn about poverty in this city, then have hands-on projects that provide services for the homeless community. Interested? If you go on this break, you may be doing a variety of different tasks and immersive experiences, from learning about the metropolis to job skills training to cooking and serving meals and much more!

Physical Exertion Level: 3
Break Type: Driving Domestic

Cost: $150.00

Social Issue(s):
No Poverty

Break Focus: Low Wealth Services
STATESBORO CAMPUS “Wonder”

Children are our future and what better way to improve our future than improving the lives of children? On this break, you will focus on enhancing a metropolitan school by helping within the walls and interacting with students. Interested? You would be helping educate tomorrow’s leaders through test administration, using hands-on learning techniques, and many other tasks helping a school run efficiently on this break.

Physical Exertion Level: 2
Break Type: Driving Domestic

Cost: $150.00

Social Issue(s):
Quality Education

STATESBORO CAMPUS “Keep It Fresh”

Water is an integral part of every community and ecosystem, but many water sources face issues from urbanization, pollution, and erosion. This organization seeks to solve problems before they arise or go beyond repair. Interested? This break allows you to physically help issues in this water ecosystem and keeping healthy water to a large community.

Physical Exertion Level: 5
Break Type: Driving Domestic

Cost: $150.00

Social Issue(s):
Life on Land + Clean Water & Sanitation

Break Focus: Water Quality & Sustainability
STATESBORO CAMPUS “Flourish”

Recent trends in health have pointed to the necessity of eating fresh produce. This can be a large cost for soup kitchens, homes for the handicap and handi-capable, and families with low income. This Alternative Break is here to provide space, information, and food. Interested? Come ready to get your hands dirty on this Alternative Break! You could be doing things like tilling soil, weeding gardens, picking vegetables, or teaching community members how to clean and prepare food for their family.

Physical Exertion Level: 5
Break Type: Driving Domestic

Cost: $150.00

Social Issue(s):
Zero Hunger + Reduced Inequalities

Break Focus: Sustainable Farming
STATESBORO CAMPUS “To Gather”

After a loved one is sentenced, many families cannot afford to visit for various hearings and events. On this Alternative Break, we will work with an organization that is alleviating this burden financially and by hosting programs for families and children. Interested? Projects range from doing yard work and gardening outside to cooking and cleaning inside. If you have special skills, like carpentry or electrical work, put them to use on this break!

Physical Exertion Level: 3
Break Type: Flying Domestic

Cost: $350.00

Social Issue(s):
Reduced Inequalities + Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Break Focus: Supporting Families of the Incarcerated


Check out our student-made video from May 2018

Alternative May Break – Flint, Michigan


Alternative Break Travel Dates 2019-2020

  • Fall Weekend Break | November 1-3, 2019
  • Winter Breaks | Dec. 15-20, 2019
  • Spring Weekend Break | Feb. 7-9, 2020
  • Spring Break | March 15-20, 2020
  • May Break | May 10-15, 2020

Application Dates 2019-2020

During the following time frames an application line & informational blurb about each service site will be avaiable on THIS page for you.

  • Fall Weekend Break | Sept. 30 – Oct.18, 2019
  • Winter Breaks | Sept. 30 – Oct. 18, 2019
  • Spring Weekend Break | Jan. 13 – 24, 2020
  • Spring Break | Jan. 13 – 31, 2020
  • May Break | March 2 -27, 2020

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If you have any questions, please contact Brandi Hoffman at brandihoffman@georgiasouthern.edu or by dialing 912-478-1435.

Last updated: 10/9/2019