Bradley U Gives Back

If you're looking to get involved and make a difference through community service, then Alternative Breaks is for you. Alternative Breaks, a program supported by Leadership and Service Center, provides students of Bradley University with opportunities to enact social change. Alternative Breaks is opportunity for a group of 10-12 students to travel during winter or spring break to serve a community through service. Students can volunteer to help build homes for the homeless, feed hungry families, tutor young children, and much more.

Past winter and spring break opportunities included: an Alternative Winter Break to New Orleans, Louisiana (2016), an Alternative Winter Break to Americus, Georgia (2017) to volunteer with The Center for Fuller Housing, an Alternative Spring Break to Nashville, Tennessee (2017 to volunteer with the United Cerebral Palsy of Middle Tennessee.

The cost of each trip is $300.00 and it includes housing, transportation, meals, service, and a t-shirt. 

This trip is also drug and alcohol free.

Apply for Alternative Breaks

Before applying for Alternative Breaks, please consider the following minimum requirements:

  • Alternative Breaks participants, including Trip Leaders, are required to attend mandatory events, including team meetings and other events and activities.
  • Alternative Breaks participants are required to follow all AB and Bradley University policies before, during, and after their trip.
  • Alternative Breaks participants are required to abide by the Alternative Breaks Zero Tolerance Alcohol and Drug Policy.
  • Alternative Breaks participants must be in good standing with the University.
  • Those participating in Alternative Breaks will be required to fund their trips.
  • Applications will not be accepted without full completion.
  • Filling out an Alternative Break application does not guarantee you a spot on the trip.

Alternative Breaks Applications

  • Alternative Winter Break 2017 – Applications are now closed 
  • Alternative Spring Break 2017 – Applications are now closed

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 affect 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 is headed to Americus, Georgia and 2017 ASB is headed to Nashville, TN. Our trips travel within a 15 hour radius of campus.

What transportation is used?

For all trips, mini-vans are driven. We then drive ourselves from service to housing each day.

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.

Who participates?

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.