Alternative Breaks Program

From working with hurricane victims in Mississippi to engaging in environmental preservation projects in Oregon, University of Tampa students have spent their vacations in service to others. Coordinated as the PEACE (People Exploring Active Community Experiences) Alternative Breaks Program, it serves as a branch of the PEACE Volunteer Center at The University of Tampa. Committed to immersing students in a variety of cultures and social issues, the Alternative Breaks Program arranges domestic and international service opportunities for University of Tampa students, faculty and staff.
The Alternative Break Program offers trips to places like the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. 

Students have headed to Key West to work with the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, kayaking along remote shorelines cleaning up litter and debris. They've traveled to Franklin, TN, to the Kindred Spirits Therapeutic Riding Center, a nonprofit organization that helps special needs, terminally ill and battered children through horse interaction, spending the week helping with farm maintenance and assisting equestrian therapy leaders.

All of the PEACE Alternative Break Programs emphasize the eight components of a quality break experience: strong direct service, orientation, education, training, reflection, reorientation, diversity and are alcohol and drug free. During the 2012-2013 academic year, eight Alternative Break trips were coordinated including weekend, winter, spring, international and summer breaks.

Who We Work With

Breaks focus on diverse social and cultural issues, providing students with the opportunity to discover their passions in service.

In the past, we have worked with agencies focused on: hunger and homelessness, persons with disabilities, children, hurricane relief, animal rights, environmental preservation and education.

Mission Statement

It is the mission of the PEACE Alternative Breaks Program to increase volunteerism and the individual's value of service as they work towards becoming active citizens. The program provides an opportunity for direct service combined with participant education.

Alternative breaks offered for 2013-2014

  • Oct. 25-27: Environmental Preservation and Restoration, Cayo Costa State Park, Boca Grande, FL
  • November Weekend (cancelled): Into the Heart of Tomatoland: Working with Migrant Farm Workers, Immokalee, FL
  • February Weekend (Feb. 7-9): Florida Keys Wild Bird Sanctuary: Animal Rights, Tavernier, FL
  • Alternative Spring Break (March 8-15): The Family Tree - Project IMPACT: Child Abuse, Domestic Violence, and Homelessness, Denver, CO
  • Alternative Spring Break Trip (March 9-16): Camp Restore: Disaster Relief, New Orleans, LA
  • April Weekend Trip (April 18-20): Horses and the Handicapped: Empowering Individuals with Disabilities, Coconut Creek, FL
  • Domestic May Trip (May 12-22): Native American and Alaskan Native Rights, Anchorage, AK
  • International May Trip (May 13-23): Child Development: HIV/AIDS, Tanzania

Application Process

Most applications are available in the fall semester and all are available online. Qualified applicants must be in good judicial and academic standing and be a full-time, undergraduate student.

Contact Alternative Break Coordinators

Brad Larino, Rebecca Vaclav and Cassadra Young
PEACE Volunteer Center
Vaughn Center, Room 206
Phone: (813) 253-6263