Alternative Break

Apply to be a participant for Alternative Spring Break 2019 - 2020!!

We are excited to offer five trips addressing different critical social issues.

The Trips

  • San Diego, CA - $315.00
    • The Dreamers Journey 2020: Many come to the United States with the expectations of achieving freedom and a better life, also known as the American Dream. To gain a broader perspective on immigration in the U.S., we will be visiting San Diego, California. This alternative spring break trip will educate us with a first-hand experience of the issue. The border seems so far away from us here in Utah, but with this trip we can bring what we learn closer to home and gain a deeper understanding of the complexities and struggles of immigration at the border.
  • Seattle, WA - $465.00
    • Health and Wellness 2020: Explore different aspects of the healthcare industry in urban Seattle, Washington with other students interested in Health and Wellness. Participants will make valuable connections, contribute to projects, and promote education. By critically analyzing these topics from various angles, students will gain an expansion of knowledge that they will be eager to share with others.
  • Salt Lake City, UT (local trip) - $25.00
    • Sampling Salt Lake 2020: Salt Lake is home yet there may be many things you have yet to discover about this amazing place. People are doing good things! For spring break we're going to meet with several community partners to learn about recreation, caring for animals, refugees, and hospice for the homeless. We'll have the chance to be a part of these organizations for a day and make our own contributions.
  • Monterey Bay, CA - $415.00
    • Sustainability 2020: Join us for a service-filled week in Monterey Bay, California for Spring Break! We will be focusing on areas of sustainability and environmental efforts to help our Earth breathe a little greener.
  • Portland, OR - $350.00
    • LGBT Human Rights and Equity 2020: Students will have the opportunity to visit Portland, Oregon which is frequently referred to as one of the United States' most LGBT-friendly states and is home to an active LGBT community. Students will be exposed to the root causes and impacts of Human and Sex Trafficking, homelessness, healthcare, and many other issues that impact the LGBT community. We will focus on working with the impacts these issues have within the LGBT community and learn in what ways we can help. Students will meet with several local community organizations that are providing services and advocating to help the LGBT community.

Trip prices include all air and/or ground transportation, lodging, and meal costs.


  • Attend every day of the Alternative Spring Break trip (3/15 - 3/21).
  • Participate in service projects before spring break. Dates to be announced, but an average of 4-5 hours before the trip will be planned for you in addition to pre-trip meetings.
  • Pre and Post-trip meetings
    • Fall Date: November 21, 2019 from 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm. Redwood/Taylorsville Campus, Room TBD.
    • Spring Pre and Post-trip Dates: to be determined by your group
    • Alt Break End of the Year Celebration: March 25, 2020 from 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm. Redwood/Taylorsville Campus, Room TBD.

Apply for the Alternative Spring Break 2020 Scholarship

Alternative Breaks are student lead, immersive service projects that explore and address root causes of important social issues. These drug and alcohol free trips are organized across the nation every year, helping college students expand their comfort zone while encouraging civic engagement back home. 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 Breaks at SLCC challenge participants to learn about social issues, explore their own strengths and values, empowering them to make a difference through volunteering. For more information about our current trips, please visit the Alternative Breaks SLCC Sync Portal.