History

Founded in 2004, the University of South Dakota’s Alternative Week of Off-campus Learning (AWOL) program sends groups of students on trips around the country and internationally to serve communities and learn about the issues they face. Our student volunteers travel locally on weekends or to distant destinations over winter, spring, and summer breaks. USD AWOL is a member of the national alternative break organization, Break Away.

Past trips have taken our students to Orlando, New Orleans, Springfield (MO), Guatemala, and even locations right here in South Dakota! Each trip has addressed a particular social issue such as education, health care, or sustainability; and students who participate in the trips do as much learning as they do serving. But don’t take our word for it – you can read our student testimonials here. Or, check us out in the Argus Leader!

Participating in an AWOL trip provides students with an opportunity to travel, interact with community members from diverse backgrounds, gain hands-on skills, and make friends that will last a lifetime.

2015 Summer Break

  • Sugar Grove, VA

2015 Spring Break

  • Seattle, WA
  • Sauk Centre, MN
  • Salt Lake City, UT
  • Eagle Butte, SD

2015 Winter Break

  • San Raimundo, Guatemala
  • Springfield, MO
  • Charlotte, NC
  • Chicago, IL
  • Houston, TX
  • Orlando, FL
  • Indianapolis, IN

AWOL 2014 Costa Rica

2014 Winter Break

  • Memphis, TN
  • Costa Rica
  • New Orleans, LA
  • Chicago, IL
  • Oklahoma City, OK

2014 Spring Break

  • Hillsboro, WV
  • Denver, CO
  • Silver Springs, FL
  • San Francisco, CA

2013 Winter Break

  • Baltimore, MD
  • Dallas, TX
  • Florida Everglades, FL
  • Minneapolis, MN
  • New Orleans, LA

2013 Spring Break

  • Kansas City, MO
  • Missoula, MT
  • Pittsboro, NC
  • Portland, OR
  • Sauk Centre, MN
  • Wheeling, VA

2013 Summer Break

  • Nicaragua, Central America

2012 Winter Break

  • Esmeraldas, Ecuador
  • Birmingham, AL
  • Minneapolis, MN
  • Memphis, TN

2012 Spring Break

  • East St. Louis, IL
  • Rosebud, SD
  • Zion National Park
  • Beards Fork, WV
  • Little Rock, AR
  • Indianapolis, IN

2011 Winter Break

  • San Miguel Escobar, Guatemala
  • Memphis, TN
  • Crow Creek, SD

2011 Spring Break

  • Chicago, IL
  • Sioux Falls, SD
  • Moab, UT
  • New Orleans, LA

2010 Winter Break

  • San Ignacio, Belize
  • Chicago, IL

2010 Spring Break

  • New Orleans, LA
  • Detroit, MI
  • Portland, OR
  • Pine Ridge, SD

2009 Winter Break

  • Agua Prieta, Mexico

2009 Spring Break

  • Staten Island, NY
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Eagle Butte, SD
  • East St. Louis, IL

2008 Winter Break

  • Chicago, IL

2008 Spring Break

  • Washington, D.C.
  • East St. Louis, IL
  • Greensburg, KS
  • Biloxi, MS

2007 Winter Break

  • Chicago, IL

2007 Spring Break

  • Little Rock, AR
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • Austin, TX

2006 Winter Break

  • Chicago, IL

2006 Spring Break

  • Seattle, WA
  • East St. Louis, IL
  • Cleveland, MS

2004 Spring Break

  • Tulsa, OK

2005 Spring Break

  • Atlanta, GA
  • Gallup, NM