Alternative Breaks

Service-based 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 issues. Spend time with your team preparing to enter a new community in the weeks leading up to Winter or Spring Break, committing to purposeful and empathetic conversations, understanding reciprocity and the nature of service, and participating in self-reflection. During Winter or Spring semester break, travel locally or globally where you will learn and serve alongside peers and community members. Upon returning to campus, apply what you learned to social issues in Rochester and consider how to become a more active citizen in your daily life.

2022-2023 Programs

In 2022-2023, Alt Breaks are preparing to travel during January and March breaks. 

Focus Areas will include community revitalization, immigration, disaster relief, and environmental sustainability.  

Naz Alternative Breaks strives to be equitable and accessible in its programming. If accommodations are needed to complete the application or interview process, please contact Jennifer Canning, Naz Alt Breaks, 585-389-2304, to make arrangements. 

Alternative Break Parameters

Cost to Student
Information Sessions
Program Participants
How to Apply
Program Requirements
Program Goals

Naz Alternative Breaks is part of the nation-wide Break Away organization, and follows its 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
Students plant vegetables at Terra Madre gardens in San Diego, California

Chicano community in San Diego

"I was able to have the experience of a lifetime discovering the beauty of the Chicano community in San Diego, California — as well as the systemic inequities that affect people there."

Read: Karlee Robb's blog post ≫

Students and staff in white aprons and masks in the kitchen at Central Union Mission, Washington, DC

Why You Should Go On An Alternative Break With Nazareth

"As I have become increasingly involved in Nazareth Alternative Breaks, it has become the glue of my undergraduate experience, and has set the tone for my life's work."

Read: Elena Baugh's blog post