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Service-Learning & Volunteer Programs

Alternative Break

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Service-Learning & Volunteer Programs

Office Location:
715 S. New St.
Commonwealth Hall, Lower Level
Enter at Student Health Services
West Chester, PA 19383


Phone: 610-436-3379
Fax: 610-430-5600

Alternative Break

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    WCU students teach youth about financial literacy in NYC!

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    WCU Students address issues of affordable housing in VA

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    WCU Alternative Breakers advocate for the LGBTQ community in Pittsbugh

What is an Alternative Break?

The Alternative Break program brings together WCU students from various backgrounds, identities, and communities for an experience unlike any other! Students will explore what it means to be active citizens by immersing themselves in meaningful service and cultural exploration as they travel to a new community across the nation during a University break. Through this program, students will be equipped with the skills and drive to continue their journey as active citizens in the West Chester community and beyond.

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"I did something worthwhile and positive with my break, rather than take it just for myself I decided to help others, and I ended up learning a lot and having fun in the process."

- Alternative Break Participant

Scholarship Opportunities

In additional to fundraising efforts, there are several scholarship opportunities to assist students attending Alternative Break trips with covering some of the trip expenses. For more information about scholarship opportunities, please contact 

Kate Colyer
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Alternative Break Resources

Donate to our Program

If you would like to make a financial contribution to send students on Alternative Break trips, click the link below and fill out the WCU Foundation form. For donors wishing to donate to a specific trip, be sure to fill out the comments section with the destination of the trip (i.e. Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, NYC, etc.).

Every dollar helps! Thank you so much for your support!

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