Alternative Breaks

Student leaders plan service immersion experiences during fall and spring breaks that address a broad range of issues, including environmental conservation, homelessness, affordable housing, and prison reform.  

Spring Alternative Break Trips - 2014

Chautauqua Learn and Serve Charter School - Panama City, FL
Chautauqua Learn and Serve is a charter school for adults with mental and physical disabilities. It is a unique reservoir of innovative service and relevant social activism. Working with the students of Chautauqua will offer an eye opening experience that will change your perspective on many underrepresented populations such as the disabled, elderly, homeless, and underserved. This alternative break is an opportunity to fill your spring break filled with service and sun.

Habitat for Humanity - Greenwood, SC
The group of 10 students will be working with the Greenwood Area Habitat for Humanity on affordable housing issues. Greenwood HFH works on new projects, rehabilitation projects and neighborhood revitalization projects throughout the area. The group will stay at a local church and interact with members of the community while on site and during meals. More specific information on the type of work the team will be doing will be available closer to departure.

KIPP Gaston - Gaston, NC
KIPP (Knowledge is Power Program) is a national network of free-open enrollment, college-prep public schools dedicated to preparing students in underserved communities for success in college and in life. The group of Davidson students will work in KIPP schools in Gaston, NC helping teachers with class functions like grading, bulletin boards, and daily routines. Davidson students will also have the opportunity to co-plan and work with students one on one and in a class setting in a variety of subjects. 

Mountain Justice Spring Break - Appalachia, VA
Davidson students will attend the 4th annual Mountain Justice Spring Break. During this weeklong event Davidson students will be part of a larger group participating in various service projects, learning about the cycle of coal, meeting and supporting folks working to build a better future for Appalachia, and building their own skills as organizers and change agents. There is a possibility that the group will be camping for part of the week.

Details about the Fall 2014 trips will be available in August.  For more information about the Alternative Breaks program, contact Christa Leimbach at