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Alternative Spring Break 2015

For this year’s trip we will be going to Biloxi, Mississippi and teaming with Community Collaborations International.


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
Trip Overview'

As a group we will be working on projects that focus student awareness on hunger and homelessness, early childhood education, and community supported agriculture. We will also be working on restoration of ecosystems disrupted by hurricanes.. From the trip we hope that students take away an appreciate of giving back and learning how to work with others involved not only in the RIT community, but from all over America and the world. So we welcome all students to sign up and get involved in a great cause. 

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. 

Application Deadline: 3:00pm, Friday November 7th, 2013

Deposit of $100 due by Friday December 12th, 2014. Remaining balance due by Friday January 31st, 2014. 

Cost: $600 per student (there can be fundraising opportunities to help lower the cost of airfare!) 

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.

Departure Date                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

Departure- Saturday, March 21st, 2015 

Return date- Friday, March 27th by plane.  

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.