SMU Alternative Breaks

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Mission & Values

Alternative Breaks (AB) is a student organization offering direct community service opportunities during every academic break, including Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer. The AB program 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. AB is a movement of active citizenship that strives to create sustainable change and fight social injustice in all communities.

Alternative Breaks is supported by the Community Engagement & Leadership Center within the Division of Student Affairs.


To provide quality service experiences and awareness to all members of the Southern Methodist University community while creating active citizens through education, direct service, and reflection.


To inspire the entire Southern Methodist University community toward active citizenship by offering world changing service and life changing experiences.


Love - Hope - Equality - Diligence

“I enjoy how Alternative Breaks is a very unique opportunity to the SMU campus because it allows students to be able to personally make an impact and experience issues that they may never have faced in a new, personal, and close up light.” Janice Kim, SMU student