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Alternative winter break participants

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 for AWB will open on Sept. 12.

APPLES sponsors AWB experiences in the following focus areas:

Refugee Communities: Students will explore various issues facing refugee populations in North Carolina such as resettlement, immigration policies, and access to healthcare and education.

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

Violence Prevention: Participants explore a variety of topics around gender-based violence.

APPLESxAED: APPLES is excited to partner with Alpha Epsilon Delta, a pre-health undergraduate honor society. Members of AED are invited to participate in this health-focused service trip, led by other students in the organization.

When applying, students may indicate their preference.

2022 Alternative Winter Break Timeline

Sept. 12: Participant application opens
Oct. 14: Participant application closes
Mid to late-Oct.: Break leaders review applications and conduct interviews
Late Oct.: Participants and alternates notified
Dec. 11-17: Alternative Winter Break experiences
Late Jan.: Winter break re-orientation (tentative)


Applications for AWB will open on Sept. 12.

Applications for break leader positions are available 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.