Community Service Center

Alternative Summer Break!

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There will be no Alternative Summer Break trip in 2015. Please check back again next year.

General information regarding faculty participation, travel grant, and Student Trip Leader positions are available below.

  • What is the purpose of this trip?
    To offer support and direct service to an area in need somewhere within the United States. This could include service to areas affected by natural disasters, or urban areas where poverty and homelessness are common.  In 2014, we traveled to San Francisco, California to learn about and participate in service regarding homelessness, hunger, etc.
  • How much will the trip cost?

    Trip Costs: This includes all transportation, housing, meals, on-site service coordination, equipment, etc., and any excursion activities.  When you apply, we will be asking for you to pay the first $50 as a deposit on the trip.

    Personal/ "Pocket" expenses: This is to help cover those extra costs that are not already covered. This could be optional activities, forgotten items, or anything "extra".

  • What will we do during the day?
    This varies by site. Sometimes we'll know in advance, and other times, we'll know once we get there. This depends on the needs of the community during our trip. More specific information about this particular trip is not yet available.
  • Where will we stay and eat?
    We often stay at our organization's volunteer housing or at a local host church, where we will eat most (if not all) of our meals. Other meals may come from local restaurants.  Expect to bring a sleeping bag or bedding.
  • What will we do in the evenings?
    We ask participants to participate in group time on a nightly basis (approx. 1 hour).  Some nights are games or fun activities, others more reflective or educational. 
  • What if I cannot afford this trip, but want to attend?
    Karen and Melissa have several resources and ideas about how to fundraise (see FAQs). We also have a fundraising letter (coming soon!) prepared for you to supplement any fundraising campaign you may do; just open, print and include in your packet. There are also travel grants to apply for (information below) and small group leadership positions on the trip (also information below).
  • Student Trip Leader Position

    A great opportunity to lead your peers on a service trip. Design and facilitate reflections and evening activities, serve as a communication point person on-site, and receive a trip cost reduction.

    Late applications will not be considered.

    STL applications are now included in the general Student Participant application.
  • Travel Grants

    There are travel grants provided to CLU students from the Community Leaders Association. If you are interested in applying but are concerned about the cost, please consider applying for a travel grant.

    Late applications will not be considered.

    Travel grant applications are now included in the general Student Participant application.
  • Faculty Participant

    We welcome and encourage faculty members who are interested in being a part of this experiential learning process; especially those with experience to share.

    Please note: Faculty applications will now be due before student applications! In this way, we hope to include the faculty member in the student selection process and to integrate him or her into the trip leadership team earlier.

    2015 Faculty Application not currently available

Contact Karen Schomaker at or Melissa Maxwell-Doherty at with questions.