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Service Trips

Penn State Alternative Breaks

The Penn State Alternative Breaks program is one that provides a variety of opportunities for students to learn more about themselves, others, and the world around them through service. Our program includes three different trips: Fall Alternative Breaks, Alternative Winter Breaks and Alternative Spring Breaks. Each program is designed to encourage personal growth, promote civic engagement, and enrich the lives of participants by immersing them in a new community and social justice.

Our Mission

Penn State Alternative Breaks, as a function of the Office of Student Activities, promotes active citizenship through education, direct community engagement, and reflection.

To Find Out More

Go to to learn about our trips and find links to our applications.

Upcoming Service Trips


With the support of the Office of Student Activities and the Student Initiated Fee we are able to make trips affordable to students at only $75.00 for FAB and $100.00 for AWB and ASB, which covers the cost of food, housing, transportation, and registration for our community partner organizations. If funding is barrier for you to participate, please contact Kelli Dowd for a possible fee waiver.


For more information about these service experiences, dates and deadlines contact Co-Executive Directors - Carly Noonan and Elizabeth Hopta at or Program Advisor Kelli Dowd

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