Alternative Breaks

motownThe Center for Civic Engagement & Learning (CCEL) hosts and supports Alternative Break community service and immersion programs that enable undergraduate and graduate students to utilize their school breaks to explore regional, national, and global communities and social issues in more depth. Alternative Breaks are a great way to make a difference, learn about a new issue and community, and meet new people!

During the 2017-2018 school year, CCEL will offer the following Alternative Break opportunities. Click on the links below for more information about each of the programs.

The priority deadline to apply to MLK Weekend or Spring Breaks is Friday, December 1, 2017.

For questions about CCEL's Alternative Breaks, contact Adrian Griffin. CCEL is also happy to promote additional break program coordinated by student service organizations and Case Western Reserve University affiliated departments.


Help strengthen CCEL's Alternative Break program by applying to be a Site Leader for one of our March breaks. Site Leaders will work in pairs alongside a CWRU staff learning partner to enhance the education, service, reflection, and group bonding experience for the break. Selected Site Leaders will earn a $150 stipend that will be automatically applied to the cost of the break. Review the Site Leader responsibilities, and apply online by Sunday, November 26.

Accessibility: CCEL is committed to providing all students with opportunities to take full advantage of our programs. Our staff recognizes that students with documented disabilities may require reasonable accommodations in order to achieve this objective. If you are interested in taking part in a specific project but have questions related to accommodations and/or the accessibility of a site, please contact the office of Disability Resources in Educational Services for Students (216.368.5230 or, and they will work with a representative from our office to answer your questions.