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Service-Learning & Volunteer Programs

Alternative Break

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Service-Learning & Volunteer Programs

Office Location:
624 S. High Street
West Chester, PA 19382

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

Alternative Break

Alternative Break Group Photo

Creating Sustainable Food Resources in Urban Communities: Philadelphia, PA (2017)

Alt Break Video Link

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

The Alternative Break program brings together WCU students from various backgrounds, identities, and communities for an experience unlike any other! Through this program, 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. Prior to departing for their Alternative Break trip, students will form lasting connections with their peers while preparing for their trip via pre-trip meetings, fundraising activities, and service within our local community. Upon returning to campus, students will be equipped with the skills and drive to continue their journey as active citizens in the West Chester community and beyond.

COMING SOON: Participant Application 2018

The Movement

The Alternative Break movement has substantially grown within the last 10 years. During the 2017-2018 academic year, WCU will be offering 5 domestic trips (4 spring break trips and one summer trip). WCU’s Alternative Break program is a proud member of Break Away, a national organization which trains university staff and students on organizing service-learning trips worldwide.

All Alternative Break trips at WCU follow the 8 Components of a Quality Alternative Break Program  and utilize The Active Citizen Continuum — a developmental model that illustrates the process of becoming a lifelong active citizen. The Office of Service-Learning and Volunteer Programs leads workshops about this process for student leaders and academic service-learning courses.

2018 Alternative Spring Break Trips

2018 Summer Alternative Break Trip

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


Donate to our Program

If you would like to make a financial contribution to send students on Alternative Break trips, click the link above 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!