Our students serve in more than 25 states around the US. For each trip we have to find housing, plan meals, coordinate service, etc. If you’re looking to give back to these students who are using their breaks to give back, we have a number of ways you can serve them. Those are spelled out below (keep in mind the typical trip has 12 students on it). If you’re just looking to donate, look at our donate page.


Help our students find housing.

Finding a cheap or free place to stay on these trips is one of the most daunting tasks our students face. Sometimes it is easy – one phone call and they’re set. Most of the time they have to call every church and non-profit in town to find something. You know the area you live in better than we do and have connections our students do not. You could provide recommendations on where to stay or ask friends if they have any connections to help find the students a place to stay for the week.

Coordinate an alumni event to meet the students.

Our students are on these trips to learn about the communities and populations they are serving as much as they are to do the service. An alumni event gives a chance for students to get to know the area/issues better because they can hear directly from people in the community. Also, they get a chance to meet USD alums and ask questions about life after college.




If there’s something that you’d like to do for our students, but it is not listed, just let us know!

Alternative Breaks Alumni Involvement

Want to get involved with USD Alternative Breaks some way? Please contact awol@usd.edu.