RISE Alt. Breaks

RISE Alt. Breaks invites you to learn, serve, grow, and rise as an active citizen. Each student-led RISE trip provides an immersive service experience over spring break. Focused on a particular social justice theme, each trip is rooted in education, direct service, and reflection.

RISE Alt. Breaks is a proud member of Break Away, the national organization supporting the development of quality alternative break programs.


If you are ready to commit to doing something different with your spring break, don't miss the opportunity to apply for RISE Alt. Breaks. Your experience begins weeks before the start of spring break in pre-trip meetings. Together with your fellow participants (and soon to be good friends), you will begin learning about your RISE trip location and theme so that you can enter humbly into the community you are serving.

During your trip, you will participate in 30+ hours of service, engage in meaningful reflection, explore your RISE site, and build a long-lasting community with your Site Leaders and participants. Your RISE trip is just the beginning of your growth as an active citizen; your Site Leaders will help you prepare for how to stay involved once you get back to campus through resources and reorientation events.

Site Leaders

The impact of RISE trips would not be nearly as powerful without student Site Leaders. Working in pairs, Site Leaders develop, lead, and facilitate their RISE trips. As a Site Leader, you begin training and preparing for your RISE trip in November so that you are equipped with the knowledge and skills to lead effectively.

The Site Leader position is a unique leadership role - not only are you responsible for leading your peers during spring break, but you are also working with you Co-Site Leader to manage all aspects of your RISE trip including logistics, budget, education, reflection, and reorientation.

Learn. Serve. Grow. RISE.

"An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all of humanity" - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.