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Are You Still Deciding What to Do Over Thanksgiving or Spring Break? Alternative Break trips are designed to provide students with the opportunity to gain skills, make friends, and provide meaningful volunteer service to communities in need!

These student-led trips begin as soon as the dorms and barracks close for break and continue until they re-open the following weekend. They are a low-cost option for those who cannot travel home, or for those looking to enhance their résumé with hands-on volunteer work. These trips feature: site-seeing, recreational group activities, leadership development training and a team-based approach to addressing the needs of our host organizations.

If you are interested in participating, be sure to submit your application and attend your scheduled interview prior to deadline. These trips fill up fast and space is limited!

Alternative Thanksgiving Break (ATB):
Cost – $150*

Participants assist veterans and seniors, work on Central Vermont recreational trails, and assist various local nonprofit organizations throughout the week. Thanksgiving Day is spent preparing meals for and enjoying meals with local families in need. Recreational (optional) excursions happen throughout the week and are included in the cost of the program fee.

Alternative Spring Break (ASB):
Cost – $200*

Trip sites vary and typically take place outside of Vermont. Past trips have included building homes with Habitat for Humanity sites in Conn., N.Y., Mass., and S.C.; working at the Heifer Project International Overlook Farm in Rutland, Mass.; serving meals at inner-city soup kitchens in Boston, Mass. and Baltimore, Md.; and working with at-risk and special needs children in Md. and N.H. Site-seeing excursions are dependent on the service location but are always a highlight of the trip!

* Trip fees are all-inclusive,non-refundable, and due at the time of acceptance into the program. Financial assistance may be available. Contact the CCE for more information and a trip application at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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