If you are looking to get involved and make a difference through service, then Bradley Alternative Breaks are for you. Alternative Breaks provide students with the opportunity to enact social change and engage through experiential learning. The LJB Center sponsors a winter and spring break with approximately 12 students each to serve a community in need. Participants learn lessons in empathy and service that can’t be taught just in the classroom. Authentic connections and new relationships are created through this wonderful educational experience.
Frequently Asked Questions
What happens during Alternative Break?
Service and reflection. We believe in strong direct service that will have a lasting impact on a community. We work with our community partners at all of our service sites to make sure that our students will be put to work. You can expect 6-8 hours of daily service. Nightly reflection is a core to the Alternative Breaks program. Students engage in conversations and activities to make meaning out of their service and the effect they are having both on their community and on themselves. Reflection is what makes our program unique from others on campus. After the trips are completed, students share with us how reflection helped them to understand how they can make a difference in their communities.
Are meals provided?
Meals will be provided for all participants during their break outside of any stops on the way to their site. Meals are either provided through our housing site or are cooked by our students.
Where do the trips go?
Locations change each year for all of our trips. 2017 AWB was in Americus, Georgia and 2017 ASB was in Nashville, TN. Our trips travel within a 10 hour radius of campus.
Is transportation provided?
Transportation is provided from Bradley to the destination and back, as well as to and from the housing and service site daily.
Where do students stay during the trips?
Students stay in a variety of places including hostels, churches, community centers, and retreat centers. We try and keep costs low by choosing low cost housing options. Participants will know where they will be staying and what items they need to bring with them well before departure.
Each trip has 10-12 participants, one student site leader, and one staff member.
What is the refund policy?
Students who can no longer attend one of our trips and would like to request a refund must adhere to the following policy. The refund policy is included in all AB applications and participants must agree to it.
All students requesting a refund must write a letter to the program coordinator of 200 words or less explaining why a refund should be given. If approved, refunds will be given in the following manner:
60+ days before trip full refund
59 - 30 days before trip half refund
<29 before trip no refund
Extenuating circumstances that prevent you from fully participating will be considered.
Apply for Alternative Breaks
Before applying for Alternative Breaks, please not the following minimum requirements:
AB participants are required to attend events, team meetings, and other required activities.
AB participants are required to follow all AB and Bradley University policies before, during, and after their trip.
AB participants are required to abide by the Alternative Breaks Zero Tolerance Alcohol and Drug Policy
AB participants must be in good standing with the university.
Filling out an AB application does not guarantee you a spot on the trip.
Applications for Alternative Winter Break will open in August, and Alternative Spring Break applications will open in October.