Alternative Breaks

It is the vision of the UM-Dearborn Alternative Breaks program to be a catalyst for students to create social change in communities in Metro Detroit and across the globe. Our mission is to provide opportunities for UM-Dearborn students to develop into active citizens through extensive service learning experiences in the community. Our program has the following goals:

  • Enable opportunities to serve and make impact through personal and professional interests.
  • Develop leadership opportunities for students through engagement with community.
  • Foster partnerships with non-profit and community agencies to create positive change.
  • Build communities of servant leaders.
  • Promote socially just principles through service.


What are Alternative Spring Break Trips?

Instead of doing the usual spring break routine, you can get off the beaten track and make your break matter by joining a specially-designed volunteer project! An Alternative Spring Break (ASB) is a week-long service experience designed to connect students and community members. ASB promotes community service, develops leadership skills, and creates strong bonds among its participants. Each year, 20 or more students travel the world to immerse themselves in service and become catalysts for change.

Trips for Alternative Spring Break 2016 are listed below:

  • Urban poverty (Cleveland, OH)
  • Rural poverty (Manistique, MI)
  • Environmental preservation (Catalina Island, CA)
  • Youth Development (St. Louis, MO)
  • Food Insecurity and Urban Farming (Sharpsburg, GA)
  • Environmentalism, Hunger and Homelessness (San Juan, Puerto Rico)

Over the 2015 spring break, groups of University of Michigan-Dearborn students served in California, Cleveland, and Manistique!  Between November and February, students helped plan their trips while fund-raising, developing team solidarity, and learning about the community they served.

Breaks are spent not only serving and learning in a community, but also enjoying team activities and exploring the area.  After ASB, students relish in lasting friendships and apply new skills and interests in all areas of life.

Apply for Alternative Spring Break 2016!