The Rutgers University Alternative Winter Break and Spring Break programs provide groups of Rutgers University undergraduate students with a semester-long experience centered on community service. Participants learn about a particular community issue within the United States during five weeks of pre-trip meetings and a volunteer break excursion.
On site, students provide necessary services and explore the culture and the history of the area. Students who participate in this program cultivate social responsibility, leadership, and life-long learning; thereby fostering a generation of leaders committed to positive social change. This program is sponsored by Student Life and the student organization RU Alternative Breaks.
Rutgers University Alternative Breaks aims to provide Rutgers University students with an opportunity to:
- Learn about and critically examine interlinking issues that affect the lives of the residents of the city/area they are completing service in and surrounding communities.
- Work with the different community partners and organizations to complete service.
- Listen to and understand community needs, recognize community strengths, and work with the community in reciprocal community relationships.
- Continue a commitment to community service and social change while building new friendships and alliances.