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Alternative Breaks

The Alternative Breaks program at ODU provides students with opportunities to spend their spring break or a long weekend providing service to others outside of our local community. Through this program, students are given a unique opportunity to travel and immerse themselves in a community to gain perspective on societal issues that would be difficult to replicate on campus. While completing short-term service projects students will be able to experience and reflect on issues such as poverty, the environment, homelessness, literacy, and animal rescue/rights.

Alcohol & Drug Free

The Alternative Break program promotes an alcohol/drug-free philosophy. This prohibits alcohol consumption and/or illegal/irresponsible drug use by anyone, regardless of age, during the entire Alternative Break trip including travel to/from sites and "free" time. Drinking during the break represents a major liability to the program and is inappropriate when dealing with the social issues of Alternative Break sites, in particular, communities with whom substance abuse could be a sensitive issue. Any participant who does not follow this policy may be automatically sent home from the trip, face ODU judicial action, and/or be prohibited from attending any Alternative Break trips in the future. Support of this policy by all involved is essential for a safe and socially aware break.

Alternative Break Council

Would you like to assist the Center for Service & Civic Engagement in selecting, organizing and recruiting for all Alternative Break trips at ODU? If so, then considering joining the Alternative Break Council. Members of the Council will also have the opportunity to attend trips free of charge by serving as Site Leaders. For more information, contact us at volunteer@odu.edu.

Information for Parents

The Center for Service & Civic Engagement is committed to making all of our Alternative Break Trips educational, fun, and safe. Each trip is lead by specially trained site leaders and is attended by at least one staff member of Old Dominion University. We require that all school sponsored trips adhere to specific guidelines and polices (additional information on those, can be found by exploring the links below). Additionally, our emergency produces require that one full-time Student Activities staff member be on call 24 hours a day for the entire duration of the trip and reachable at any time. To reach this staff member, please call Campus Police 757.683.4000 and ask to be connected to the Alternative Break On Call Staff Member. If you have any additional questions or concerns, please call 757.683.6948 or email us at volunteer@odu.edu.