Thayne Center for Service & Learning

Alternative Break

Alternative Break trips are affordable, available, and accessible for every SLCC student who wants to be immersed in an intensive volunteer and travel experience. All participants come home inspired and empowered to continue making a difference.

Alternative Break is a drug and alcohol free volunteer immersion program. Through leadership, transformative action, education, and critical reflection, participants address important social issues while traveling and exploring the culture and history of the area in which they serve.

2015 Alternative Spring Break 
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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 25 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.  Our flier provides more detailed information on where we are going.

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 oriendations.
  • Secure a spot now. Few spots remain.


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
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

Doctor Abio Ayeliya
Interim Alternative Break Coordinator
Taylorsville Redwood Campus  
Student Center 124J

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Use the Thayne Center app to find volunteer opportunities near you, join Thayne Center programs, and connect with others who are out to change the world!

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