In addition to Bucknell sponsored alternative break trips, students may also want to consider these programs that are not Bucknell affiliated.


Amizade is a global service-learning program that has both alternative break programs and semester long courses. Their mission is to empower individuals and communities through worldwide service and learning.


Break Away's mission is to train, assist, and connect campuses and communities in promoting quality alternative break programs that inspire lifelong active citizenship.

Break Away's vision is a society of active citizens: people who value the community as a priority when making life decisions. As part of a quality Break Away experience, participants will become more educated and experienced in all sides of a social issue. Upon return, they will be empowered to make more informed decisions and take meaningful action that supports a greater good. They will become contributing members of society and will weigh in on issues that impact their communities.

Living Routes

Bring your education to life by studying in communities across the globe that are striving to live more sustainably. These communities are ideal campuses to learn about personal and community-based solutions to real world issues.


Peacework's purpose is to help alleviate conditions of poverty and promote peace and prosperity through economic development partnerships and service around the world. Each project is organized on a case-by-case basis with community leaders according to locally determined development needs and objectives.

Volunteers for Peace

Volunteers For Peace offers placement in international volunteer projects in more than 100 countries including popular destinations such as volunteering in France, India, Vietnam, Peru and Kenya. As part of the international voluntary service movement, Volunteers for Peace participants work with volunteers from at least four other countries on grassroots-identified projects to improve local communities.


Plan Your Own Trip


Students can design their own learning and service opportunities and pursue their passion for making a difference.

If you are interested in planning an alternative break trip, visit the Office of Civic Engagement (Bertrand Library, Room 118) to talk to us in person.

In the meantime, take a look at these online resources from Break Away, The Alternative Break Connection.

The Eight Components of a Quality Alternative Break

Alternative Break Program Checklist

Sample Schedule of a Week's Activities

Fundraising Ideas and Links




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