Additional Break Programs

The following organizations and departments have coordinated domestic and international community service and/or immersion programs during winter, spring and summer break. Contact them directly to learn about current and upcoming opportunities.

FOCUS GROUP: Alternative Spring Break New Orleans

Janice Eatman Williams, Director of School Based Outreach in the Office of Student Affairs, coordinates Alternative Breaks (past destinations have included New Orleans and Flint, Michigan). 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. For more information about upcoming trips, contact Janice Eatman Williams.

Humanitarian Design Corps

Humanitarian Design Corps works with Engineers Without Borders to design engineering solutions to meet community needs. Students take alternative break trips over spring, summer, and winter breaks to work on these projects, spending one to two weeks assessing the site or implementing a system. For more information, visit

Global Medical Brigades

Global Medical Brigades offers international service opportunities, often during May. For more information about this student group, visit to learn more.

Habitat for Humanity

The CWRU chapter of Habitat for Humanity organizes alternative breaks throughout the year in conjunction with the national Collegiate Challenge program. Collegiate Challenge offers groups of students the opportunity to visit one of the 250 host affiliates throughout the United States. Visit to learn more.

International programs through Bioethics

The Department of Bioethics has developed study abroad partnerships with a number of academic institutions in other countries. The goal is to expose students to diverse perspectives on bioethics through partner organizations, and to provide partners' students with intensive experiences with American approaches to bioethics in Cleveland, Ohio. These 3-credit courses are open to all undergraduate and graduate students and take place during winter, spring and summer breaks. The Costa Rica winter break course includes a service learning component that was developed in conjunction with the Center for Civic Engagement & Learning. For a listing of the various opportunities, visit the Department of Bioethics website or contact Michelle Champoir.

International programs through MSASS

The Mandel School for Applied Social Sciences (MSASS) coordinates short-term, three-credit travel programs for undergraduates, graduates, alumni and interested professionals. All courses are experiential/hands-on and designed to educate participants about a new culture & comparative social issues & practices. For a listing of the various opportunities visit the MSASS's website.

Cuyahoga Valley National Park Alternative Spring Break

CVNP's Alternative Spring Break is a great opportunity for college students to discover Cuyahoga Valley National Park (about 45 minutes from campus) and make a lasting difference through service learning projects! Support the trails, habitat restoration, and recreational programs of CVNP through rewarding volunteer projects. The program is open to college students throughout northeast Ohio, takes place Friday evening through Sunday afternoon, and is reasonably priced (fee includes lodging and meals). More information is available on their website.