CCEL Student Team: Alternative Breaks

Alternative Spring Break 2021 Applications Will Open October 2020 


Jenny Frame - Advisor for Alternative Breaks Team -


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The Alternative Breaks program at Weber State University strives to cultivate active citizens by offering students the opportunity to engage in direct service trips throughout the world. We aim to give students a broader perspective of the world, discover the root causes of social issues, and create a desire to help in their home communities.

2020-2021 Alternative Breaks Team Leadership

Director: Zadoth Vazquez
Assistant Director: Maria Fregoso

Spring 2021 Trips 

Trips will be announced in October 2020.  

Spring 2020 Trips

Disaster Recovery after Hurricanes Florence and Dorian

Dover, North Carolina
Participant fee: $1170
Trip Leader: Hunter Evans
Advisors: Gail Niklason & Tashina Barber

Hurricane Florence forced many people in the state of North Carolina to leave their homes due to flooding and other damage. In partnership with the National Relief Network, volunteers will rebuild homes and help with flood damage to allow as many families as possible to get back into their homes. Cultural activities include; a ferry ride to Shackleford Banks to see wild Spanish ponies and dolphins, a visit to Fort Macon, and lunch at Atlantic beach.

Neighborhood Revitalization

New Orleans, LA
Participant fee: $1170
Trip Leader: Jenna Thoits
Advisors: Brittni Strickland & Leah Murray

Before and after Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans had issues regarding blight, affordable housing and homelessness. Since Katina, the issue has only gotten worse. There are many issues related to housing and homelessness that still persist in different neighborhoods throughout the city. Working on housing and homelessness is not only a great way to help New Orleans rebuild but also an important way to learn about the history of New Orleans and the impact of Hurricane Katrina. Volunteers will be helping with housing damage, homelessness, neighborhood beautification, manual labor cleaning and clearing debris. Cultural activities include: Walking history tour of New Orleans, Hurricane Katrina Exhibit visit, a plantation tour and free time in the French Quarter.

Health and Resource Assistance

Las Canas, Dominican Republic
Participant fee: $1670
Trip Leader: Ali Horsfall
Advisors: Juancarlos Santisteban & Nancy Collinwood

Collaborate with local doctors and professionals to organize local medical brigades that bring medical access directly to the people. Volunteers will focus on improving health outcomes by creating healthy physical and social environments by incorporating methods such as bottle house construction. These volunteer efforts will provide personal security to families in very poor housing conditions and minimize waste.

Cultural activities include: snorkeling in Sosua, interacting with local community members through immersive activities and projects, and learning about the history that has shaped the relationship between Dominican and Haitians of Hispaniola.


Participant fee: $600 → airfare not included


Install a new roof on a local high school damaged from Cyclone Winston in 2016. Build bathrooms in the women's co-op structure. Build lockable storage closet & charging station for laptops.

Community Research

Washington D.C.
Participant fee: $1250
Trip Leader: Kailee Brown
Advisor: Heather Chapman

This is a research-focused trip where volunteers will gain research experience through a community-based organization.


Washington D.C. ***This trip is for SSS students only***

Trip Leader:
Advisors: Amanda Nielsen

Participants will focus on the issues of Washington D.C. poverty throughout the trip.