Center for Civic Engagement

Alternative Breaks

Service-based trips and experiences provide the opportunity to deepen your awareness and understanding of a variety of social justice issues, and to partner with local organizations that are addressing those needs. Learn and serve with communities, both domestically and abroad, building lifelong friendships.

2020-2021 Programs

COVID-19 has challenged not only the Nazareth community, but the Rochester community and the world at large. This year, we are adjusting our Alt Break experiences to assure the safety of our students and our community partners, while continuing to work as allies and advocates for our neighbors, both local and global.

Over January and March of 2021, we will be running two Alt Breaks in Rochester, as well as two virtual global experiences.

Focus Areas:


  • Rochester: Environmental Justice
  • Hybrid/Virtual: Youth Development (virtually partnering with organizations in Puerto Rico)


  • Rochester: Housing and Homelessness
  • Hybrid/Virtual: TBD (likely COVID-19 response/health-related)


Please register for one of our upcoming on-line Info Sessions via Handshake by clicking on the date of the session you can attend.

Applications will be due Friday, September 18th.

Click here to apply

Alternative Break Parameters

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How to Apply
Program Requirements
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2019-2020 Programs


LGBTQ+ Health (NYC)

Naz student reading to child

Youth Development (South Dakota)

Ecuador landscape

Food Sustainability (Ecuador)

alum working with homeless

Housing & Homelessness (Ohio)

hurricane damage

Disaster Recovery & Rebuilding (Texas)


Ableism & Disabilities (Pennsylvania)

Costa Rica banana plant

Environment (Costa Rica)

Naz Alternative Breaks is part of the nation-wide Break Away organization, and follow their guiding principles of trips that include intentional preparation, continuous reflection and a commitment to service beyond the trip experience.

Experiential Learning

Some short-term opportunities are an approved pathway for Experiential Learning, which is one component of the Uncommon Core at Naz.

Learn more

  • Break Away national organization
  • Campus Compact Global Service Learning partnership for global learning and cooperative development.
  • Sustainable Development Goals
  • Active Citizenship Continuum