APPLES Alternative Breaks provide an avenue for students to perform service activities across North Carolina, the Southeast and the mid-Atlantic. It is a great way for students to be away from campus during the university break periods each semester. Students have the opportunity to travel beyond Chapel Hill and serve a different community while also forming lasting friendships with other Carolina students.
Each group is led by student organizers and works collaboratively to engage in a chosen focus area and learn more about their destination community before the trip component occurs. Once arriving at the destination, students are able to explore a new culture, make new friends and carry out meaningful community service. Throughout the alternative break experience, students will also have the opportunity to reflect upon their experiences and to explore deeper issues relating to the community. For all breaks, there is a non-refundable fee associated. Need-based financial assistance may be available upon request.
Applications for alternative break trips are now closed. Please note eligibility is only open to students who have not previously participated in an APPLES Service-Learning Alternative Break.
Read more about alternative breaks:
- APPLES launches new alternative break experience: refugee communities 2017 alternative fall break
- APPLES 2016 Alternative Spring Break
- 2014 rural communities Alternative Spring Break.
An Alternative Spring Break 2016
Sally-Irene Ngeve could have spent her spring break almost anywhere. But the Carolina senior chose not to relax on a beach all week, wander around a quieter Chapel Hill or head back home to Cameroon to visit her family. Read more.
An Alternative Winter Break 2016
Alternative winter break participants reflect on their experience serving communities impacted by hunger and homelessness.
The Carolina Center for Public Service at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for its events and programs. If you need accommodations, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 919-962-0902. Every reasonable effort will be made to implement accommodations in an effective and timely manner.