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Alternative Breaks

"No one is more cherished in this world than someone who lightens the burden of another. Thank you."  ~ Author unknown

What is an Alternative Break?

The Center for Service Learning and Community Service offers Oswego students many different opportunities to volunteer and travel, including Alternative Breaks. Ranging from international to local trips, these breaks allow students to explore while volunteering at a variety of different sites. These trips provide different options for students who wish to find something that will provide a more fulfilling and self-enriching experience during breaks from classes. One of the appealing aspects of Alternative Breaks is that each trip provides a new and exciting task. No two trips are the same. The trips vary in duties and responsibilities as well as in length of stay. Trips during the spring and winter breaks are a week in duration.

How to apply?

Limited spots are available for Alternative Winter Break 2017,  inquiries can be directed to Alyssa Amyotte at !  Keep an eye out for our Alternative Spring Break applications in early November! 

History about our trips:

Spring 2012:

  • Dominican Republic - Outreach 360
  • Bridgeton, New Jersey - Headstart
  • Pittsboro, North Carolina - Carolina Tiger Rescue
  • Florence, Alabama - Habitat for Humanity
  • Waterloo, Iowa - Habitat for Humanity
  • Operation Southern Comfort - Ongoing Hurricane Katrina Relief Effort

Spring 2011:

  • Bridgeton, New Jersey - Head Start
  • Baltimore, Maryland - Our Daily Bread Soup Kitchen
  • Pittsboro, North Carolina - Carolina Tiger Rescue
  • Florence, Alabama - Habitat for Humanity
  • Waterloo, Iowa - Habitat for Humanity

Winter 2011

  • New Orleans, Louisiana - Operation Southern Comfort
  • Great Bay, Jamaica – VIJON

Spring 2010

  • Florence, Alabama – Habitat for Humanity
  • Baltimore – Catholic Charities
  •  Morgantown, West Virginia – Habitat for Humanity
  •  Bridgeton, New Jersey – Head Start 
  • Waynesburg, Pennsylvania – Habitat for Humanity
  •  Pittsboro, North Carolina – North Carolina Tiger Rescue

Winter 2010

  • New Orleans – Operation Helping Hands
  •  Meridian, Mississippi – Habitat for Humanity
  • Great Bay, Jamaica - VIJON

Spring 2009

  • Jackson, Tennessee – Habitat for Humanity
  •  New Orleans – Operation Helping Hands
  •  Bridgeton, New Jersey – Head Start
  •  Bridgeport, Connecticut
  •  Greenfield, New Hampshire

Winter 2009

  • Great Bay, Jamaica – VIJON