James Madison University's Alternative Break Program began in 1992 with a single relief trip comprised of 50 students and 2 faculty members wanting to aid victims of Hurricane Andrew in Homestead, Florida. Since that time, the program has grown and changed into what it is today, offering a number of Alternative Weekend Break trips, three Alternative Thanksgiving Break trips, 27 Alternative Spring Break trips and one very large Alternative May Break trip each year.
Our trips go all over the United States working in various communities with numerous social and environmental issues. We also offer a small number of international trips to Central America and the Carribean. Check out the list of our upcoming trips to see where we will be headed this year.
Interested in Participating? We'd love to have you on our next trip!
While working with national and international communities, the JMU Alternative Break Program immerses students in a purposeful service experience designed to connect them with community members while enhancing personal growth, mutual awareness and life-long learning.
The JMU Alternative Break Program strives to develop Active Citizens.
What makes one of our trips "alternative" is a strong commitment to the Alternative Break philosophy. The eight core components of this philosophy enhance learning and engagement while creating a unique and powerful experience for participants. These eight components are:
- Strong Direct Service
- Alcohol and Drug Free Environment