APPLES Alternative Breaks provide an avenue for students to perform service activities across North Carolina. 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 participation fee, which may be non-refundable. Need-based financial assistance may be available upon request.
Applications will be open Oct. 25 for alternative spring break. Applications for fall and winter break experiences are closed.
Please email APPLES if you are interested in learning more.
Read more about previous alternative breaks:
- 2021: Reflections on virtual alternative breaks
- 2019 Alternative Winter Break: ‘A Hidden Gem of the School’
- 2019 Alternative Fall Break: ‘An Eye-Opening Experience’
- 2017 Alternative Fall Break
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.
Alternative Winter Break 2016
Alternative winter break participants reflect on their experience serving communities impacted by hunger and homelessness.
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