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SMU Alternative Breaks

World Changing Service. Life Changing Experience.

Alternative Breaks is a student organization offering direct community service opportunities during every academic break, including Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer. Alternative Breaks takes groups of students, student leaders, and faculty/staff to communities across the country and the world to perform vital service alongside reputable non-profit organizations. Participants have the opportunity to engage in quality service, gain education about important social issues, and reflect on how we can create positive social change. Please use this website as a resource to learn about our trips, apply to join us on one of our next trips, or meet some of our student leaders. Join our movement of active citizenship as we strive to create sustainable change and fight social injustice in all communities.



2015/2016 Winter Break Trip Applications

Opening Friday, September 18 @ 7:00 a.m.


Winter I:  December 17-21, 2015


Winter is Coming: Community Empowerment for the Holidays

This team will be working with Blackland Community Development Corporation, a non-profit that supports community residents who earn less than 60% of the median income for the city. Participants will serve in the Blackland Neighborhood by washing windows, painting, cleaning up the community playground, as well as assisting community members in their local garden.


Winter II:  January 4-10, 2016


"Mystery Trip"

Please note:  Due to do unforeseen circumstances, the previously advertised Winter Break trip to Quito, Ecuador has been modified.  But have no fear - we are still sending out a group of active citizens to serve in January!  Our team is hard at work creating an AWESOME, NEW "mystery trip" that we promise will be fabulous.  It will be a domestic flying trip - the social issue, non-profit organization, and destination are TBD.  Come join us on this adventure!







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Applications are now available for Trip Advisors!