Alternative Break Program

NYC trip


Western Carolina University offers Alternative Break trips every fall and spring break, as well as long weekend trips each semester. Participants perform short-term, community-based service while they learn about new communities. Week-long trips cost approximately $150, and weekend trips are approximately $50. This covers food, lodging, and transportation.

Recent trips have gone to sites including South Africa, Chattanooga, New Orleans, Washington DC, New York City, Baltimore, Nashville, Charleston, Tuscaloosa, and Lexington. We also occasionally sponsor international trips, to locations like Panama and Costa Rica. Alternative break participants volunteer with a wide range of organizations, such as Habitat for Humanity, Ronald McDonald House, the Salvation Army, local soup kitchens and food pantries, homeless shelters, children's homes, art museums, and summer camps.

The WCU program adheres to the eight components of a quality alternative break program (formulated by BreakAway, the national Alternative Break organization): Strong direct service, orientation, education, training, reflection, reorientation, diversity, and alcohol/drug-free.

For more information about upcoming Alternative Break trips, contact the Center for Service Learning at 828-227-7184 or

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