Each year, the Volunteer Center and the Center for Student Life provide opportunities for students to participate in service trips to various locations in the United States and the Madison area.

Alternative break service trips usually happen over winter break in early January and spring break in March or April. Any student enrolled in degree credit courses during the semester of the trip is eligible to participate.

Benefits of an Alternative Break

Travel the Country

In the last decade, Madison College students have worked in both rural and urban settings, serving in Arkansas, Florida, Indiana, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, New York, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, DC and West Virginia.

Stay Local

If an out-of-state trip doesn’t work for your budget or schedule, you can also join in local day-trip service options in the Madison area. Transportation and lunch are provided for student volunteers as they form new friendships and engage with community organizations.

Learning Experiences Outside the Classroom

Students have worked with domestic and exotic animals, tutored children, made and delivered meals to shut-in citizens living with HIV/AIDS, cleaned up litter in city parks and debris on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean, removed invasive species and replanted native vegetation, torn down flood-soaked homes, sanded dry-wall, and painted newly renovated houses.

Making Lasting Connections

While on your Alternative Break, you’ll meet other students who want to make a difference, and who could become friends for life.

Apply for an Alternative Break

Madison College wants to ensure that your trip goes as smoothly as possible and have considered all that you need before your trip. You might be thinking:

  • What costs are involved in taking an Alternative Break?
  • What will my living arrangements be? How long will I be on this break?
  • What materials will I need to take with me?

Though, these are only a few things you'll need to consider before applying for your Alternative Break.