Summer Break Applications are now closed.
Thank you for the incredible response to both our domestic and international trip offerings!

Alt Breaks Information


Alternative Breaks travels to economically, culturally, and environmentally diverse locations all across the United States.


Alternative Breaks provides service learning opportunities working with important issues such as the environment, education, immigration, poverty, and other unmet human needs.

Change Lives (including yours!)

Alternative Breaks exposes students to communities and immersion experiences which cannot be replicated on the UW Madison campus. These lessons and perspectives can then be applied in students' own communities.

The Alternative Breaks program provides UW-Madison students with an opportunity to participate in volunteer and educational trips to culturally diverse and economically disadvantaged communities throughout the United States.

Students are Cheap... So are our Trips.

1-2 week trips - $250-$500

Weekend Trips - approximately $25

Trip participation based on Applications.

A limited number of partial scholarships available each trip period, awarded on an/application demonstrated need-basis.

Applications available approx. 6 weeks before trips

Pick up Applications: Online or in the Union South Program Office, Rm 235.

Trips Open to ALL UW students.

Winter, Spring and Weekend Break Trips are domestic road trips with shared driving responsibility - no visas/passports are necessary.  Summer Break Trips are usually offered as international trips.

International students are welcome!

All trip participants are students.

Trips operate based on a collaborative leadership model.

Trips have no official leader/chaperone.

Trip participants share responsibilities.

Training is provided prior to departure.

All participants must attend a mandatory orientation to learn about Alternative Breaks' policies, expectations and to meet their fellow trip-goers!

Additional Info

The Alternative Breaks Program is a student-run committee of the Union's Student Programming Board, the Wisconsin Union Directorate (WUD).

To be a member of the awesome Alternative Breaks committee and help plan the trips and other event, please attend one of our weekly meetings (Spring, 2014 meeting times = THURS, 8pm, TITU) - or send us an 

email with your questions and ideas!

QUESTIONS?  Email us at


Get Involved!

Become a member of the awesome Alternative Breaks Committee. Help plan Weekend Break trips, service days and other possible service travel events.  Come to one of our weekly committee meetings.  Our Spring Semester, 2014 meeting time is THURSDAYS, 8:00pm, TITU, or send us an email at with your questions and ideas!

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