About Us

Alternative Student Breaks is a program offered by the Office of Student Involvement that began as a rather large dream in Spring 2008. Students saw the necessity and exciting opportunities that existed to perform service and make a difference in someone else’s life while they had a break from class. Out of that dream, Alternative Student Breaks was started to give students the opportunity to perform community service on their academic breaks. Students are also given the chance to spend time with other Auburn students all while helping others and making a difference!

Mission Statement

The mission of the Alternative Student Breaks program is to engage Auburn University students in an affordable, substance free experiential service learning project that encourages an understanding of pressing social issues in a significant way

Break Away

Alternative Student Breaks serves as a small, yet important part to a national organization,  Break Away.

Break Away currently has a network of over 100 chapter schools, more than 400 nonprofit partners, and hundreds of individual members worldwide. Every year, Break Away holds national conferences called Alternative Break Citizenship Schools (ABCs) to train leaders in Alternative Break Programs.

The Active Citizen Continuum guides both Break Away’s and Alternative Student Breaks’s missions.

Furthermore, Break Away’s Eight Quality Components of an alternative break are modeled and used by our organization. These components are as follows:

(1) Strong Direct Service
(2) Orientation
(3) Education
(4) Training
(5) Reflection
(6) Reorientation
(7) Diversity
(8) Drug and Alcohol Free

Last modified: October 18, 2017