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, 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!

Financial assistance:
Career Exploration and Development has made extra funding available for students wishing to participate in an Alternative Spring Break experience. The number of awards is limited and will be available based on financial need to students that apply and meet all qualifications stated below. Apply here.


  1. Demonstrate financial need, based on EFC and FAFSA
  2. Participate in a 2019 Alternative Spring Break experience
  3. Undergraduate, Kent Campus students only

Students may receive one award per term. Apply by 5:00 p.m. Friday, February 8th.

If you have questions, contact Amanda Woodyard, Director, Community Engaged Learning at

alternative winter break

Alternative Winter Break

Addressing Human Trafficking, Columbus, Ohio
Thursday, January 10 - Saturday, January 12, 2019

Learn about the collaborative community response to human trafficking in central Ohio through education, service, advocacy, and prosecution.




alternative spring break

Alternative Spring Break

Many topics and locations during the week of March 23 - 31, 2019.

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.

Learn more and register




International Alternative Spring Break

International Service-Learning in the Dominican Republic
Friday, March 22 - Friday, March 29, 2019

Join Kent State for a service-learning program abroad during Spring Break. Travel to the Dominican Republic for a week of hands-on service, education and cultural opportunities, and relationship building with local communities. Work with Wine to Water, an organization dedicated to sustainable water solutions.

Learn more and register





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 for more information.