Alternative Breaks | Kent State University

 

Alternative Breaks

Kent State University's Alternative Breaks expose students to social justice and cultural issues through direct service, community engagement, reflection, and a variety of cultural activities. These programs  engage students in service as well as to inform them about current social issues and encourage their on-going involvement in social change. Some of these experiences may be used to fulfill the Experiential Learning Requirement (ELR). Learn more about experiential learning and how it can bring your learning to life!

Managua, Nicaragua

International Alternative Spring Break

Global Poverty, Economic Development Sunday, March 25 - Sunday, March 31, 2018

Join Kent State's second global service-learning trip to Managua, Nicaragua. Students will be working alongside a local non-profit agency, exploring social justice issues and improving the quality of life in rural communities.

Learn more about International ASB

Washington, DC

Alternative Spring Break

During the week of March 24 - April 1.

Kent State University's Alternative Spring Break trips expose students to social justice and cultural issues through direct service, community visits, reflection, and a variety of cultural activities.

Alternative Winter Break 2017

Alternative Winter Break

Understanding Sex Trafficking  Thursday, January 11 – Saturday, January 13, 2018 

A program of community engagement and service in Columbus, Ohio. Learn about the collaborative community response to sex trafficking in central Ohio through education, services, advocacy, and prosecution.

Learn more about Alternative Winter Break 2018

Cleveland alternative weekend break

Alternative Weekend Break

Cleveland Urban Plunge and Columbus Urban Plunge 

Occasionally, we offer weekend breaks with opportunities for community engagement and service. Work with community members, organizers, and leaders to better understand hunger, homelessness, gentrification and social equity.

University policy 3342-3-01.3 requires that students with disabilities be provided reasonable accommodations to ensure their equal access to services. If you have a documented disability and require accommodations, please contact Community Engaged Learning in a timely manner to make arrangements for the necessary service trip adjustments.
 

Community Engaged Learning welcomes the opportunity to help academic departments across campus plan and develop experiential learning trips for students and faculty. Please contact us at community@kent.edu for more information.

 

Previous Trips

Take the road less traveled! Our Alternative Break trips are designed to create experiences that expose participants to social justice and cultural issues through direct service, community visits, reflection, and a variety of cultural activities.
We offer weekend trips and week long experiences, from domestic to international opportunities.

Hurricane Sandy Rebuild Trip to New York for Construction Management

Students will be working with various nonprofit organizations such as Friends of Rockaway and New York Disaster Interfaith Services to provide construction assistance in Queens, NY to homes damaged by 2012's Hurricane Sandy.  Trip participants will have the opportunity to learn about disaster relief services and organizations, issues affecting relief efforts, acquire and utilize construction skills, as well as experience NYC and some of its cultural highlights.

August 19-26 2016