Thayne Center for Service & Learning

Alternative Break

We envision an empowered community dedicated to creating an equitable, engaged, and socially just society.

To inspire and empower students to make a constructive difference in their communities through accessible, affordable, immersive service experiences. Alternative Breaks are drug and alcohol free experiences, encouraging students to commit to the life-long effort of creating positive social change.  By practicing leadership, transformative action, and critical reflection, students address important social issues while exploring the diverse culture and history where they serve.

2016 Alternative Spring Break 
Apply to participate now!

This year's alternative fall break will focus on addressing food insecurity.

Volunteer with three local nonprofits:
Utahn's Against Hunger: Real Food Rising Community Garden
Salt Lake Community Action Program (SLCAP) Food Pantry
Internation Rescue Committee New Roots Community Garden

Alternative Break is a national program where colleges and universities organize drug and alcohol-free local and out of state trips for students that want to travel during their fall or spring breaks.  Since 1999, the Thayne Center has organized over 30 AB trips.  Participants have traveled to 12 states, including New York, Hawaii, Colorado, and Washington.  Alternative Break at SLCC challenges students to learn about social issues, such as poverty and homelessness, and empowers them to personally make a difference through volunteering.  For more information about our current trips, please visit the Alternative Breaks OrgSync page.

In 2013-2014 the Thayne Center partnered with Student Life & Leadership to double the amount of trips offered in Spring and Fall.


  • All interested students must first attend a mandatory orientation before submitting an application or paying their deposit. Applications will be available at the orientations.


Hear about AB from a student's persective.

Watch a photo slide show of AB.

See a video clip from one of our Seattle AB trips.

Where have we been?

Alamosa, Colorado
Biloxi, Mississippi
Capital Reef National Park, Utah
Honolulu, Hawaii
Hopi Nation, Arizona
Kanab, Utah
New Orleans, Louisiana
New York City, New York
Portland, Oregon
Puerta Vallarta, Mexico
San Diego, California
San Francisco, California
Seattle, Washington
Taos, New Mexico

Program Coordinator

Brandon Devlin
Service Leadership Coordinator: Alternative Break
Taylorsville Redwood Campus  
Student Center 020C