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APPLES Service-Learning Alternative Fall Break rural communities

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 trip. The virtual trips will take place at various times during specific weekends, which will be shared by the break leaders. AFB will be either Oct. 9-11 or Oct. 16-18. Additionally, due to the nature of the trip, participant fees have been waived for Fall and Winter Break programs. More information about the trips occurring this semester can be found in the application.

Applications for alternative fall breaks are currently closed.

APPLES sponsors AFB 2020 virtual experiences in five focus areas:

Latinx Communities: This experience provides an opportunity for students to learn about and serve Latinx communities in North Carolina. By the end of the virtual trip, you’ll have a deeper understanding of justice issues affecting the Latinx population and will be empowered to be an ardent worker of intentionality. The trip will start on the evening of Friday, October 16th through the afternoon of Sunday, October 18th.

Hunger and Homelessness: Through  interactive activities, discussions with community partners, a documentary, and group reflections, we hope to introduce the topics of hunger and homelessness both on a local and a national scale. Through this short experience, over Oct. 16-17, our goals are to empower our participants to apply the knowledge that they gain to their own respective communities and foster a sense of friendship and community among students and the APPLES organization.

Arts and Health in Public Service: Normally our trip would involve the arts, but due to the pandemic, we wanted to shift our focus towards the healthcare workers at the UNC hospital dealing with COVID-19 patients. We want to thank these heroes for putting their lives on the line by raising money for them, which we will then donate in the form of gift cards! Additionally, we will meet on the weekend of October 9-11 to make thank-you cards and reflect on the experiences of these healthcare workers while showing appreciation for them.

Environmental Issues: This year’s Environmental Issues Fall Break trip will take place October 9th -11th and will focus on intersectional environmentalism. Through this experience, you will learn more about environmental advocacy and participate in a series of events that will deepen your understanding of this issue and will teach you skills that you can apply to your communities!

Education: The Education Alternative Fall Experience will place an emphasis on learning about the United States education system and how its structure systematically oppresses minorities and individuals of lower socioeconomic status. Possible topics and/or trainings include but are not limited to: school choice, racial and gender disparities within schools, strengthening cultural competencies, LGBTQ+ rights and opportunities, food insecurity, as well as redlining. This experience will occur on the weekend of October 9th-11th.

When applying, students may indicate their break preference.

2020 Alternative Fall Break Timeline

Sept 8: Participant application opens
Sept. 25: Participant application closes
Late Sept-early Oct: Participants notified of acceptance to an AFB program
Oct 9-11: AFB Experiences
Oct 16-18: AFB Experiences


Applications for alternative fall breaks are currently closed

Applications for break leader positions open in the spring semester.

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