Alternative Break participants spend an intensive week performing service at sites across the country. Previous sites have included Pine Ridge Indian Reservation; Joplin, Missouri; New Orleans, Louisiana; Atlanta, Georgia; Gainesville, Florida; and rural Appalachia. Student leaders and coordinators spend a year planning the trip from start to finish. The trip team works as a group to fundraise, raise awareness, and educate themselves on the social issues relevant to their service site and location.

Use this page to learn more about upcoming service trips, insight from past trips, and our guiding philosophy for Cornell's Alternative Breaks program.

Alternative Breaks 2017-2018

Applications for our 2017-2018 ASB trips are open through Monday, October 16! To learn more about the trips being offered this year, check out our Current Alternative Break Info page.

If you have any questions or would like to learn more, contact one of this year's student coordinators: Kate Brogan, Finley Cowlishaw, or Katie Hohman.

Quotes from past trips

“Alternative Spring Break is one of the most productive and efficient ways to get out of one's comfort zone and to get informed and involved with current issues.”

“Students can learn to look at the world in a new way, challenge stereotypes, and work toward a better understanding between different groups of people. This is the first step in moving toward a better future for humanity.”

“Leading was the best thing that could have happened to me. Confidence I gained from being actually in charge with no boss to answer to or deflect questions to was an experience so important for me to have before entering a post-grad profession. The program is SO important and I hope it keeps expanding, possibly even to offer service trips at other times of the year.”

Read more testimonials.

In recent post-trip surveys, 100 percent of students strongly agreed or agreed that their ASB experience was positive. Learn more about Cornell students' experiences during previous ASB trips by reading the ASB 2013 Feature Story.