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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!


Spring Weekend & Alternative Spring Break Application open now!


Scroll below to read about the various Alternative Breaks we are offering for our Spring Weekend and Alternative Spring 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. The Armstrong break application is in the middle column at the bottom of the table below. ALL students, no matter the campus, can apply for all breaks. 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.

Spring Weekend Breaks – APPLICATION CLOSES Jan. 24th

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

Chronic diseases provide a multitude of hardships on the individual and community, often leading to an inability to afford food. This organization commits to serving these clients on many levels. On this Alternative Break, you can break down stigmas through meals. Interested? On this break, you may be serving or packaging meals while serving the elderly and those with chronic diseases.

Physical Exertion Level: 2
Break Type: Driving Domestic

Cost: $25.00

Social Issue(s):
Zero Hunger

Break Focus: Access to Adequate Nutrition


Alternative Spring Breaks

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

STATESBORO CAMPUS “Creating More”

Education never ends, no matter how old one may be. This partner focuses on education and skills as a way of disrupting the cycle of poverty. Interested? On this break, you may be working with a multitude of ages to teach life or job skills. You may also be helping children during an after school program, create music, or with any other of this partner’s numerous programs.

Physical Exertion Level: 3
Break Type: Driving Domestic

Cost: $150.00

Social Issue(s):
Quality Education

Break Focus: Quality Education

STATESBORO CAMPUS “Sanctuary”

Urbanization and farming has taken away millions of acres of natural land. On this Alternative Break, you will be working with people giving the land back, through untouched nature, education of the public, and animal adoptions and rehabilitation. Interested? You can anticipate being hands-on through cleaning and repairing cages, socializing with the animals, and providing all-around care.

Physical Exertion Level: 4
Break Type: Driving Domestic

Cost: $150.00

Social Issue(s):
Life on Land

Break Focus: Domestic Animal Welfare
STATESBORO CAMPUS “Get Scrappy”

We have all heard the saying “Reduce, reuse, recycle” since we were young, but this organization has taken it to heart by creating a space were creativity and environmental sustainability come together. Interested? Volunteers at this site help with tasks ranging from organizing materials to cleaning to helping run a store!

Physical Exertion Level: 3
Break Type: Driving Domestic

Cost: $150.00

Social Issue(s):
Sustainable Production and Production

Break Focus: Arts Through Creative Reuse

STATESBORO CAMPUS “Mindful”

Mental illness is highly stigmatized in many communities. On this break, you will have the opportunity to impact the stigma with personal connections. Interested? Breakers will have the ability to connect with patients and staff through games, activities, and helping the organization with daily tasks.

Physical Exertion Level: 2
Break Type: Flying International

Cost: $500.00

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

Break Focus: Mental Health & Care
ARMSTRONG CAMPUS Armstrong ApplicationBreak Type: Driving Domestic

Cost: $150.00

Social Issue(s)
Life on Land

Break Focus: Wild Animal Protection & Preservation


Check out our student-made video from May 2018

Alternative May Break – Flint, Michigan


Alternative Break Travel Dates 2019-2020

  • 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.

  • 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: 1/15/2020