Alternative Winter Break (AWB) offers one international trip and one domestic trip where participants strengthen communities.
These trips, occurring during the academic winter break, focus on many different social issues like education, affordable housing, environmental, and much more. Students learn to become citizens of the world through strong direct service and reflection. They also connect with other students who are looking to make a difference.
Students who are selected to serve on the trips participate in biweekly pre-trip meetings throughout fall semester to learn about the social issues involved, as well as the language and culture of the communities they will be serving (on international trips). Students also receive a free day during each trip to explore the local communities and enjoy the sites!
Please note that all international trips require a valid passport.
All applicants for international trips must have a reference form filled out by an ISU staff or faculty member, a graduate assistant, or a student staff member (such as an RA or student manager) to be considered for participation. Please have your reference fill out this form. Thank you!
Applications open on the first day of classes.
January 3-13, 2023 Redbirds will travel to Costa Rica to serve in a rural community outside of San Miguel de Sarapiquí. The group will stay with a host family nearby the service site. Service may include building cement stoves, repairing porches, building stairs, and much more. The group will have two free days which may include a visit to a local hot spring, a tour of a coffee farm, or zip lining.
January 8-14, 2023 Alternative Breakers will head to Salina, KS to serve with Ashby House. Ashby House supports individuals and families experiencing homelessness or housing instability. Projects may include working in the Ashby House store, rebuilding homes, and working directly with clients.
See our Costs and Payment page for information about trip costs, fee discounts, and our financial responsibility policy.