Alternative Spring Break


The Alternative Spring Break program is designed to provide Rochester Institute of Technology students with an opportunity to:

  • Reflect on their roles in the national and global community
  • Understand the importance of public service and civic engagement
  • Gain new perspectives of community service through working in diverse environments and engaging in discussion with local community leaders
  • Build new and lasting friendships and alliances
Application Process

Participants in the Alternative Spring Break program are selected based on their demonstrated commitment to service in the community and on campus.   Students must attend an information session before they can apply for the program.  Applications must be submitted online at  Once you have submitted your application and we have had an opportunity to review all applications, our office will contact you with our decision.

Expectations of Participants

Participants are required to attend the pre-break informational sessions, pre-travel planning meetings, and a post-break activity. Participants are also required to help fundraise for the trip as part of service learning.  RIT course credit may be available.  During the trip, each member is expected to fully participate in the daily projects, workshops, and nightly journal writing.

There is a fee to help defray travel expenses which varies annually.  Past expenses have ranged from $300-$600 dollars. Financial Assistance may be available for students with need; contact Phyllis Walker at for more information about financial assistance. If for some reason the participant decides to withdraw from the program before the break, they will be required to reimburse the program.