Community Engagement at the Holden Center

Alternative Breaks

The Holden Center’s Alternative Breaks (AB) program at the University of Oregon enables students to engage communities locally and internationally as they learn experientially about the value of service, leadership and innovation. Each AB  is crafted to meet the needs of communities and students in a common purpose that fosters cultural competency, collaboration and social change. These place-based trips rely on community partners that facilitate service learning projects shaped by the unique culture and social issues of trip locations. Teams engage in pre-trip planning, preparation and fundraising to set them up for success. During the trip, students participate in daily reflections, leadership lessons, evening debriefs and topical discussions; a curriculum that promotes self-awareness, global citizenship and leadership through the experiential learning model.

Alternative Break Information

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Alternative Break Descriptions

Alternative Breaks range from one weekend to a three week long experience and focus on a diverse range of social issues on local, domestic and international levels.

Applications & Forms

Apply to Alternative Break today! The Summer Break application deadline is January 21st. Applications will be reviewed during winter term. After you apply, we will schedule you for an interview and information session.  After your interview, we will ask you to fill out an "enrollment packet" which will indicate your commitment.


Cost should never be the prohibiting factor preventing a student from applying for an Alternative Break experience. Learn how we help students raise funds to make their trips possible.

Student Testimonials

Many new leaders are empowered through Alternative Breaks and continue to affect change in communities when they return from their trip. After each team returns to campus they construct a presentation for the broader community to educate faculty, staff and students on both their experience and the issues that they are passionate about.
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