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Alternative winter break participants

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 for fall semester 2020. 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. Alternative winter break will take place during early-mid December while the university is on winter break. Additionally, due to the nature of the trip, participant fees have been waived for Fall and Winter Break programs. More information about virtual winter break experiences can be found in the application.

Applications for AWB are closed.

APPLES sponsors AWB experiences in the following focus areas:

Mental Health and COVID-19: Apply for the APPLES Mental Health+ COVID- 19 winter break experience! Join us for virtual service projects and educational opportunities between December 4-11.

Rural Communities: Want to learn about local communities, engage in advocacy, meet like-minded students, and provide service from home over Winter Break? Apply for the APPLES Rural Communities virtual break experience taking place between December 11-15!

Hunger and Houselessness: Apply for the APPLES Hunger & Houselessness Winter Break Experience! Join us for virtual service and educational opportunities occurring on December 4th – 6th, where we will engage in effective actions and productive dialogue about the experiences of people affected by Hunger and Houselessness during COVID-19.

When applying, students may indicate their preference.

2020 Alternative Winter Break Timeline

Sept. 21: Participant application opens
Oct. 1 and 12: Interest meetings
Oct. 19: Participant application closes
Late Oct.: Participants and alternates notified
Dec. 4-15: Alternative Winter Break experiences (various dates)
Late Jan.: Winter break re-orientation (tentative)


Applications for AWB are closed.

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.