Alternative Breaks | Community Engaged Learning | 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!

Information sessions:
Monday, September 17, 3:30 - 4 p.m., CUE 143
Thursday, September 20, 12:30 - 1 p.m., CUE 143

Financial assistance
United Christian Ministries (UCM) provides the following scholarships, ranging from 25-50% of the program fee. Applicants are reviewed on a first come, first served basis with limited funding available. Direct questions to Jodi at or 330-673-5687.
Students from racial or ethnic minority groups 
Students who identify as LGBTQ+
Students with critical financial need

alternative fall break

Alternative Fall Break

Understanding Homelessness, Cleveland, Ohio
Understanding Immigration, Cincinnati, Ohio

Thursday, October 11 - Saturday, October 13, 2018

New this year, we will offer Fall Break experiences with opportunities for community engagement and service. Work with community members, organizers, and leaders to better understand local issues.

Learn more and register

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.

Registration will open after Fall Break.



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.