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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. Typically, it is a great way for students to be away from campus during the university break periods each semester. However, due to COVID-19 safety concerns, service trips will be held virtually via Zoom. Even with these adjustments, students will still have the opportunity to engage in service in Chapel Hill and beyond while also forming lasting friendships with other Carolina students.

Each group is led by student organizers who have prepared educational and service opportunities based on a chosen focus area for the break. The AWB virtual experiences will take place in early December. Additionally, due to the nature of the trip, participant fees have been waived for alternative break programs. More information about the trips occurring this semester can be found in the application.

Applications for alternative breaks are currently closed.

Read more about alternative breaks:

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.

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 apples@unc.edu or call 919-962-0902. Every reasonable effort will be made to implement accommodations in an effective and timely manner.