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Alternative Break Program

Western Carolina University offers Alternative Break trips every fall and spring. Participants perform short-term, community-based service while they learn about new communities. Most trips cost approximately $150, which covers food, lodging, and transportation.

Recent trips have gone to New York City, Baltimore, Nashville, Charleston, Tuscaloosa, Washington DC, and Lexington.  We also occasionally sponsor international trips, to locations like Panama and Costa Rica.  Alternative break participants volunteer with a wide range of organizations, such as Habitat for Humanity, Ronald McDonald House, the Salvation Army, local soup kitchens and food pantries, homeless shelters, children's homes, art museums, and summer camps. 

The WCU program adheres to the eight components of a quality alternative break program (formulated by BreakAway, the national Alternative Break organization): Strong direct service, orientation, education, training, reflection, reorientation, diversity, and alcohol/drug-free.

For more information about upcoming Alternative Break trips, contact the Center for Service Learning at 828-227-7184 or servicelearning@wcu.edu

 NYC trip

 

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