Our applications for the week-long alternative breaks over winter and spring break are extended! Please apply at https://tinyurl.com/AWOLapplication

The application process begins with the initial application that asks for basic contact information, trip preferences, and a few short answer questions. After that, each application is assigned a random number and a committee places participants on trips without knowing who they are. The participants will be notified of trip placement within a week.

Trip pricing:

  • Domestic Driving: $275*
  • International: $1550*
  • Weekend Trips are subject to a $5 administrative fee as per USD policy.
  • *These prices include the $50 administrative fee as per USD policy in addition to the travel cost.

Fundraising and need-based scholarship options are available for all trips.

Winter Break Trips:

First Session:

First session winter break trips will take place December 15th, 2017 through December 22nd, 2017. Applications will open in August 2017.

  • Location: New Orleans, LA
    • Social Issue: Environment
    • Site Leaders: Christian Pollema and Erika Clark
  • Location: Detroit, MI
    • Social Issue: Issues facing Veterans
    • Site Leaders: Aaron Licht and Brandi Merritt
  • Location: Dallas, TX
    • Social Issue: Health
    • Site Leaders: Hailey Purves and Lucas Crownover
  • Location: Nashville, TN
    • Social Issue: Urban Poverty
    • Site Leaders: Hunter Burns and Josie Galles

Second Session

Second session winter break trips will take place December 30th, 2017 through January 7th, 2018. Applications will open in August 2017.

  • Location: Guatemala
    • Social Issue: Housing
    • Site Leaders: Madisyn Waage and Jamie Anderson
  • Location: East St. Louis, IL
    • Social Issue: Education
    • Site Leaders: Jasmine Kearney and Natalie Basta
  • Location: Chicago, IL
    • Social Issue: Issues facing Incarcerated Persons
    • Site Leaders: Raven Blahnik and Michaella Crouch
  • Location: Minneapolis, MN
    • Social Issue: Issues Facing Refugees
    • Site Leaders: Tamee Livermont and Ashley Brage

Spring Break Trips:

Spring break trips will take place March 3rd through the 11th, 2018. Applications will open with the winter break trips in August of 2017.

  • Location: Sauk Center, MN
    • Social Issue: Issues facing Individuals with Disabilities
    • Site Leaders: Luke Smith and Gunnar Olson
  • Location: Rosebud Indian Reservation
    • Social Issue: Issues facing Native Americans
    • Site Leaders: Marisa Helm and Megan Feerick
  • Location: Springfield, MO
    • Social Issue: Community Development
    • Site Leaders: Allie Logan and Claire Hoogland

Summer Break Trips:

Summer breaks take place during the month of May. Applications will open in the spring of 2018.

  • Location: Appalachian Trail
    • Social Issue: Conservation
    • Site Leaders: Abigail Schmidt and Taylor Gustafson