Alternative Break Experience

Alternative Spring Break 2019

Looking for a meaningful way to spend your spring break? Apply to participate in the Carolina Women’s Center Alternative Spring Break!

We are sending a group of students to Eastern North Carolina over spring break to work with local domestic violence organizations and learn about how they serve their communities.

Students will participate in an educational retreat on Saturday, March 9th. The cohort will then travel to the coast to work with Hope Harbor Home and Domestic Violence Shelter and Services, Inc. Over the course of the week, they will complete multiple service projects, including beautification (such as landscaping and painting), playground renovations, organizing donations, and more! Students will have the opportunity to engage with professional staff at our partner organizations to learn about their work and their career paths. Each night, the cohort will take part in educational discussions about gender equity, violence prevention, and related topics. And there will be plenty of time for group bonding and a visit or two to the beach!

This year’s trip will run from March 9th-15th and cost $75. This participation fee covers transportation, lodging, and food.

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Applications are due Sunday, February 10that 11:59pm.

Please email with any questions.

Read about our Alternative Fall and Spring Break Trips:

Fall Break

For our fall break trip, we partner with Our Voice, a rape crisis center in Asheville, NC. Our team of undergraduate students participate in a bar outreach program. The goal of the bar outreach program is to educate bartenders and bar owners about drug- and alcohol-facilitated sexual assault and encourage bystander intervention. Our students receive training from Our Voice and then split up in teams to cover the town, going into bars, restaurants, and clubs across Asheville. Our teams are equipped with informational handouts for bar owners, educational sheets to distribute to bartenders and other staff members, information on upcoming bystander intervention trainings through Our Voice, and tear-off sheets for bathroom stalls with Our Voice’s rape crisis hotline number. We have had many years of fruitful partnership with Our Voice and look forward to continuing our work in the years to come!

In addition to our outreach work, our students also explore downtown Asheville, hike in the Blue Ridge Mountains, have group discussions about their experiences and lessons learned, and bond as a team! Following the Alternative Fall Break trip, our students have the opportunity to take what they learn back to Chapel Hill to work with Raise the Bar to help improve awareness and safety in the local community.

Spring Break

For our Alternative Spring Break trip, we take a team of undergraduate students on a trip to eastern NC to work with local domestic violence, sexual assault, and child serving organizations. Over the course of the trip, we complete beautification projects such as painting, sanding, yard work, and organizing spaces. At each organization, we meet with staff and volunteers to hear about how their programs run, how their services benefit people, what it looks like to be in their line of work, and how our work helps further their efforts to serve the local community. Our most recent partner organizations have included Hope Harbor Home and Domestic Violence Shelter & Services, Inc.

In addition to their work with these organizations, our students get to explore towns like Wilmington and New Bern, spend some time on the beach, bond as a team, and have enriching group discussions about the issues of poverty, gender equity, and domestic violence, and child abuse. We look forward to continuing the program in the future!