The Alternative Break program is much more than a volunteer experience over spring break. Alternative Break gives you the chance to participate in community-based projects that include engagement with members of the community and exposure to the problems, customs and culture of the region. Our teams are trained by community partners to understand the specific content of their service work and are prepared to carry out their tasks. As part of your Alternative Break experience, you will reflect on the impact and meaning of your service, transfer what you have learned to your own community, and embark on a course of lifelong civic engagement.
During the week of Alternative Break, a team of Pitt students participate in a daily volunteering service project with non-profit organizations acting as community partners. Students can choose to attend a local or national service project, and participate in approximately 30 hours of service over four days with community members. The team leader ends each day with group and individual reflection.