Alternative Breaks

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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.

Read about the 2016 Alternative Spring Break

Read about the 2014 Alternative Spring Break – Rural Communities program published by UNC University Relations.

Applications for Alternative Fall Break are closed.

Applications for Alternative Winter Break open Sept. 26 and close Oct. 10. Visit the APPLES Application Portal to apply.

Applications for Alternative Spring Break open Oct. 11 and close Nov. 7.

Please note eligibility is only open to students who have not previously participated on an APPLES Service-Learning Alternative Break.