2018-2019 Alternative Break Trips

Weekend Trips (Fall) /  Winter Break Trips  /  Spring Break Trips / Weekend Trips (Spring)


PLEASE NOTE: Applications are available here and have various due dates.  All applications close on Wednesdays at NOON.

Trips have varying costs based on housing, food and transportation to that area. Costs currently range from $80-$1750 per trip. Trips with airfare are more expensive. A typical weekend trip ranges between $80 and $100. A typical week-long trip ranges between $260 and $520.  Costs covers all components of trip except for personal expenses and travel meals. Participants are eligible to apply for an individual scholarship to help cover the cost of the trip.

All trip experiences will begin and end on UConn’s campus. Participants are expected to travel and remain with the group at all times, for the entire duration of the trip (see specific trip dates below), and attend all pre-trip and post-trip meetings.

Questions? Please review the Alternative Break FAQ page and/or contact Brianna Gavigan, Graduate Assistant for Alternative Breaks , at student4882@ad.uconn.edu or 860-486-1165.


WEEKEND TRIPS (FALL)

Application Deadline: September 26th, 2018 at 12:00pm- noon

Trip Focus: Understanding Homelessness
Location: Boston, MA

Trip Dates: November 2-4th, 2018

This weekend long alternative break will be focused on homelessness and the effects this issue has on the community of Boston. In the past, participants have volunteered at agencies such as homeless shelters, soup kitchens, and other organizations focused on serving the homeless population. Through direct and indirect service, participants will be able to serve and learn about this population and how to advocate for those affected by homelessness. Participants will be staying at a church in downtown Boston. The group will meet for four times prior to the trip weekend and will meet once or twice after.

Trip Size: 12 student participants, 1 student trip director and 1 staff
Participant Cost: $60.00 (USG to fund 50% if eligible)

Trip Director: Caitlin Bisaillon
uconn.co.boston@gmail.com


Trip Focus: Coastal Environment Conservation & Protection
Location: Groton, CT

Trip Dates: November 9-11, 2018. Please note this is a difference weekend than the other Fall weekend trips and changed since the original application was made available.

During this weekend long alternative break, participants from Storrs and Avery Point will come together for an immersive experience focusing on coastal environment issues. In the past, the group has worked on beach clean-ups, removal of invasive species, and planting eelgrass. Project O will also be providing the group with information and education vital to understanding the environmental issues in the Long Island Sound area. Please note: this trip will include traveling on small and large boats. Participants will be provided life jackets.

Trip Size: Approximately 11 Storrs student participants, 11 Avery Point student participants, 2 student trip directors and 2 staff
Participant Cost: $80.00 (USG to fund 50% if eligible for Storrs students) (ASG may fund 50% if eligible for AP students)

Storrs Trip Director: Anita Luxkaranayagam
Avery Point Trip Director: Doria Daviau
uconn.co.groton@gmail.com


Trip Focus: HIV/AIDS Awareness & Advocacy
Location: New York City, NY

Trip Dates: November 2-4th, 2018

During this weekend long alternative break, participants will be staying at a church in the Lower East Side of Manhattan and will be working with agencies that focus on supporting people affected by HIV/AIDS. In the past we have assisted with reducing harm for risky behaviors that can lead to HIV, and created safe sex kits for outreach workers. The group will meet for four times prior to the trip weekend and will meet once or twice after.

Trip Size: 12 student participants, 1 student trip director and 1 staff
Participant Cost: $90.00 (USG to fund 50% if eligible)

Trip Director: Daniela Paredes
uconn.co.newyork@gmail.com


WINTER BREAK TRIPS

Trip Dates: January 2018 (See trip details below)
Application Deadline: September 26th, 2018 at 12:00 pm- noon

Trip Focus: Community Development
Location: Los Jazmines, Costa Rica

Trip Dates: January 5th (TBD)–20th, 2019

During this two week long alternative break, participants will be staying in the local school and working with a community organization and community members in Los Jazmines located near Upala in the Alajuela Province of Costa Rica. The trip will be continuing their partnership with Reto Juvenil Internacional (RJI). The trip focus has historically consisted of a build project followed by educational workshops. The specific projects and workshops are determined on a yearly basis as a result of a community needs assessment run through RJI. UConn students in the past have built a healthcare center, storage and new bathrooms for the school, and an annex to the healthcare center.  UConn students have also painted murals for the school.  This trip will have 8 pre-trip meetings and one to two post-trip meetings.

UConn student participants must be in good University standing to participate in this experience and agree to a specific policy guide for this international experience.

Valid passports and various vaccinations are required.
Costa Rica requires passports to be valid at least 6 months post departure from the country.

Trip Size: 12 student participants, 1 student trip director, and 1 staff
Participant Cost: $1,470.00 (USG funding not available)

Trip Director: Kaitlyn Luft
uconn.co.costarica@gmail.com


Trip Focus: Urban Poverty & Civil Rights
Location: Birmingham, AL

Trip Dates: January 12th – 20th, 2019

This week-long trip will focus on urban poverty in the city of Birmingham, Alabama. We will be serving the local community in various areas of need while exploring the roots of urban poverty, and how it affects community members of many different backgrounds. This will in turn help students explore their identities and roles as community members here at UConn.  This trip will have 8 pre-trip meetings and one to two post-trip meetings.

Trip Size: 45 participants, 1 student trip director, 1 student assistant trip director, 3 student team leaders, and 4 staff
Participant Cost: $270.00 (USG funding not available); Team Leader Cost: $135.00 (USG funding not available)

Trip Director: Ajeet Sandhu
Assistant Trip Director: Heather Allstrom
uconn.co.birmingham@gmail.com


SPRING BREAK TRIPS

Trip Dates: March 16th – 24th, 2019
Application Deadline: October 24th, 2018 at 12:00 pm – noon

Trip Focus: Rural Poverty in the Appalachian Region
Location: Cosby, TN

Participants of this Alternative Break Trip will spend an immersive week in Tennessee working with Sunset Gap. Potential projects include working in their thrift shop, home repairs, serving meals at a local soup kitchen, donation warehouse organization, and food distribution.  Participants will also get the opportunity to connect with their team, meet community members and learn about rural poverty in the area during the eight pre-trip meetings.  This trip will also include one to two post-trip meetings

Trip Size: 45 participants, 1 student trip director, 1 student assistant trip director, 3 team leaders, and 4 staff
Participant Cost: $520.00 (USG to fund 50% if eligible); Team Leader Cost: $TBD (USG to fund 50% if eligible)

Trip Director: Anthonia Wray
Assistant Trip Director: Matthew Boyer
uconn.co.appalachia@gmail.com


Trip Focus: Urban Development, Education, & Civic Engagement
Location: Detroit, MI

During this alternative break, students will be learning about urban development, education, and civic engagement through eight educational pre-trip meetings. Service will explore the connections of these three topics and may involve work with youth at their schools or in after-school programs. Service may also include work at a local food bank, donation distributions, and home repair. This trip will partner with UConn Stamford and will include one to two post-trip meetings.

Trip Size: 45 participants, 1 student trip director, 1 student assistant trip director, 3 team leaders, and 4 staff
Participant Cost: $520.00 (USG to fund 50% if eligible); Team Leader Cost: $130.00 (USG to fund 50% if eligible)

Trip Director: Xavier Arriaga
Assistant Trip Director: Alexis Cortes
uconn.co.detroit@gmail.com


Trip Focus: Migrant Farmworkers & Agricultural Communities
Location: Immokalee, FL

This week-long alternative break focuses on the struggles of migrant farmworkers, a community vital to the success of the agricultural industry but one often forgotten about by consumers.  Participants will work with local organizations to learn more about the living and working conditions of migrant farmworkers, and support advocating for this population.  Other work may potentially involve community projects related, but not limited, to immigration rights, healthcare, disaster relief, education, and human trafficking. This trip includes eight pre-trip meetings and one to two post-trip meeting.

Trip Size: 12 participants, 1 student trip director, and 1 staff.
Participant Cost: $860.00 (USG to fund 50% if eligible for Storrs participants)

Trip Director: Jonathon Hastings
uconn.co.florida@gmail.com


Trip Focus: Environmental Conservation
Location: Mystery

This week long alternative break trip is intended to make participants more knowledgeable about environmental conservation efforts and the issues of climate change in the context of the National Parks System. Students will participate in various environmental clean-up and restoration projects relevant to the local ecosystem in a mystery national park and will learn about the intersectionality of environmental issues with the greater social issues of the area. This break will involve boating, physical activity, and a prominent educational component. Students will learn to become more active citizens in the context of environmental activism on both local and global scales. This trip includes eight pre-trip meetings and one to two post-trip meetings.

Trip Size: 12 participants, 1 student trip director, and 1 staff.
Participant Cost: $860.00 (USG to fund 50% if eligible for Storrs participants)

Trip Director: Michael Costello
uconn.co.mystery@gmail.com


Trip Focus: Cultural Preservation & Rural Poverty with the Cherokee Nation
Location: Tahlequah, OK

During this week-long alternative break trip students will be living and working within the Cherokee Nation in Oklahoma. This is a great opportunity to be immersed in Native American culture and assist the Cherokee community through meaningful service. In the past, we have met with local leaders to discuss current issues facing the Cherokee Nation, restored a community center, built wheelchair ramps for people with disabilities, repaired houses for the elderly and participated in cultural activities. To learn more about the Cherokee Nation, visit this website.  This trip includes eight pre-trip meetings and one to two post-trip meetings.

Trip Size: 12 participants, 1 student trip director, 1 staff
Participant Cost: $860.00 (USG to fund 50% if eligible)

Trip Director: Patrick Briody
uconn.co.oklahoma@gmail.com


Trip Focus: Healthcare Access & Education
Location: Philadelphia, PA

During this week-long alternative break, students will be hosted in a church facility in Philadelphia and will work in the city on a variety of healthcare issues. Participants in past years have worked with all age groups from children to the elderly in order to provide the care or comfort that these individuals need. Groups have prepared and delivered meals to those with healthcare needs, interacted with children in hospitals, and helped educate the uninsured about the Affordable Care Act. Participants will engage in both direct and indirect service opportunities through this trip. This trip includes eight pre-trip meetings and one to two post-trip meetings.

Trip Size: 18 participants, 1 student trip director, 1 student assistant trip director and 1 staff
Participant Cost: $240.00 (USG to fund 50% if eligible)

Trip Director: Nicole Dutka
Assistant Trip Director: Michael Sullivan
uconn.co.philly@gmail.com


Trip Focus: Homelessness, Urban Poverty & Political Action
Location: Washington D.C.

This week-long trip to Washington D.C., focused on homelessness, urban poverty and political action, will include direct service and emphasize education and advocacy. In past years, we have worked with organizations focusing on issues such as food security, affordable housing, legal services, and education. Possible community partners include Martha’s Table, Kid Power Inc., the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless, and the Capitol Area Food Bank.  Additionally, participants may have the opportunity to meet with a political leader to better understand advocacy and political action.  This trip includes eight pre-trip meetings and one to two post-trip meetings.

Trip Size: 12 participants, 1 student trip director, 1 staff
Participant Cost: $240.00(USG to fund 50% if eligible)

Trip Director: Rohit Sinha
uconn.co.dc@gmail.com


WEEKEND TRIPS (SPRING)

Trip Dates: April 5th – 7th, 2019
Application Deadline: February 13th, 2018 at 12:00 pm – noon

Trip Focus: Homelessness
Location: Boston, MA

This weekend long alternative break will be focused on homelessness and the effects this issue has on the community of Boston. In the past, participants have volunteered at agencies such as homeless shelters, soup kitchens, and other organizations focused on serving the homeless population. Through direct and indirect service, participants will be able to serve and learn about this population and how to advocate for those affected by homelessness. Participants will be staying at a church in downtown Boston. The group will meet for four times prior to the trip weekend and will meet once or twice after.

Trip Size: 12 students, 1 student trip director, 1 staff
Participant Cost: $60.00 (USG to fund 50% if eligible)

Trip Director: Caitlin Bisaillon
uconn.co.boston@gmail.com


Trip Focus: Food Insecurity in Urban Envrionments
Location: New Haven, CT

During this weekend trip, participants will be staying in New Haven, CT and volunteering at local non-profits focusing on food justice and food insecurity.  Participants will become aware of New Haven and other Connecticut area food deserts and work with agencies combating this issue.  Typical service involves working on community gardens or with soup kitchens.  The group will meet for four times prior to the weekend and will meet once or twice after the trip.

Trip Size: 12 students, 1 student trip director, and 1 staff
Participant Cost: $90.00 (USG to fund 50% if eligible)

Trip Director: Anita Luxkaranayagam
uconn.co.newhaven@gmail.com


Trip Focus: HIV/AIDS Awareness & Advocacy
Location: New York City, NY

During this weekend long alternative break, participants will be staying at a church in the Lower East Side of Manhattan and will be working with agencies that focus on supporting people affected by HIV/AIDS. In the past we have assisted with reducing harm for risky behaviors that can lead to HIV, and created safe sex kits for outreach workers. The group will meet for four times prior to the trip weekend and will meet once or twice after.

Trip Size: 12 students, 1 student trip director, and 1 staff
Participant Cost: $90.00 (USG to fund 50% if eligible)

Trip Director: Daniela Paredes
uconn.co.newyork@gmail.com