Alternative Winter Break

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Alternative Winter Break (AWB) typically lasts five days while the university is closed between the fall and spring semesters. This year, the APPLES Service-Learning program will offer three unique alternative winter break opportunities for UNC undergraduates. Students will spend five days working with experienced community partners and reflecting upon their learning experiences.

During the those five days, students apply what they are learning about the focus issues and communities at different sites through direct and indirect service as well as advocacy work. An emphasis is placed on trip reflection throughout the trip and following the students’ return. Please note, AWB does not have an academic course connection, and therefore does not fulfill the experiential education requirement.

APPLES sponsors AWB experiences in the following focus areas:

GlobeMed Health and Equity: In partnership with GlobeMed at UNC and the Center for Aids Research, students work with nonprofits contributing to HIV/AIDS prevention and testing, maternal and child health, and capacity building for low-income populations and discuss issues of poverty, health and social justice.

Rural Communities: Students work with local organizations to gain a better understanding of education, health and infrastructure issues that affect a low-income rural community in North Carolina.

Violence Prevention: Students examine how intersections of social identities (i.e. gender, race, orientation, religion, etc.) affect one’s life chances and choices. They explore violence and its prevention, with a focus on issues related to gender-based violence.

When applying, students may indicate their preference.

2013 Alternative Winter Break Timeline

  • September 17: Participant application opens
  • October 7: Participant application closes
  • October 10: Finalists selected for interview
  • October 11-15: Applicant interviews
  • October 25: Participants and alternates notified
  • December 14-20: Winter break


Alternative Winter Break applications are closed.

Break leader applications are available online until Sunday, March 30.