Alternative Break

The Center for Civic Engagement & Learning hosts and supports community service trips that enable students to get involved in service beyond Cleveland. Rather than engage in typical break activities, students on Alternative Breaks engage in projects with non-profit organizations and community members in different cities and countries. It is a great way to make a difference, learn about a new place, and meet new people!

CCEL offers an Alternative Break to Nicaragua. CCEL is also happy to promote additional break programs coordinated by student service organizations and Case Western Reserve University affiliated departments, including a trip to New Orleans coordinated by Janice Eatman Williams.

CCEL also coordinates a community-based capstone course that involves a week of service activities with the National Park Service on Cumberland Island National Seashore off the coast of Georgia. Visit the capstone page to learn more about that program.


March 8, 2016, to March 15, 2016: A Service Trip to Nicaragua ASB Nica group shot

CCEL directly coordinates an international Alternative Break destination to Nicaragua. Students will travel to a rural, coastal community near the town of Chinandega and work with a nonprofit organization called Waves of Hope. Service projects will include facilitating activities with the local school, helping to improve community infrastructure through basic construction projects, and working on afterschool projects with a local youth group.

The trip will provide students with a unique immersion experience that will allow them to better understand Nicaraguan culture and history. The cost of the trip will be approximately $1,650 which includes most meals, lodging, in-country transportation, and international airfare. For general information about the Nicaragua trip, check out our FAQ page or visit the Education Abroad website for an online application. The first round application deadline is December 1, 2015, but students will be accepted on a rolling basis until the trip is filled. You can also contact Angela Lowery with any questions you may have. Limited scholarship funding may be available for a student with demonstrated financial need, so for information about that process, contact Angela Lowery. For highlights from past trips, visit the following page.

New Orleans

March 2016: A Service Trip to New Orleans Lower 9th Ward

CCEL is pleased to highlight the CWRU Alternative Break program to New Orleans, coordinated by Janice Eatman Williams in the Office of Student Affairs. The group has worked with other volunteers from across the nation to address the issues of education, hunger and homelessness, environmental restoration and access to healthcare. Partners include the Lower Ninth Ward Village, New Orleans City Park, HandsOn New Orleans, GROW DAT! Youth Farm, the Roots of Music after-school program and more. The journey is open to students, faculty, alumni and community. For more information about the 2016 trip, contact Janice Eatman Williams.

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