Alternative Breaks

Columbia, SC

Fall & Spring Break - Habitat for Humanity

Fall Break 2011 - Habitat for Humanity

St. Paul, VA

Fall Weekend - Appalachian Plunge Grace House

Appalachian Plunge 2011 - Event page


Winter Break - Every January, Jesse Griffin, director of community service, takes a small group of students to Guatemala for a service project. The group works with ConstruCasa, a nonprofit organization to help build basic homes for people in need. View video | Read the story.

New Orleans

Winter Break - Home Construction and Rehab

 Photo Album 2011


Spring Break - Every spring break, Jesse takes a group of students to Finca Magdalena to help with renovation projects in a small town. This nine day experience combines days of hard work engaging in a community development project in one the of the poorest villages in southern Nicaragua with a number of cultural immersion experiences throughout the week. The work days will be broken up with two days of ecotourism, visiting remote Pacific coast beaches and volcanic cloud forests. Participants will experience everyday living “Nica Style” as they live in small groups within the homes of families in the Ochomogo community. Work your tail off, dance your booty off, eat cool tropical fruits from the tree and roast your own cup of coffee

 Photo Album 2011

Washington D.C.

Alternative Weekend - Come serve the homeless of Washington DC with the Center for Community Service. Prepare healthy meals, learn from people you never would have met, see your capital in a completely new light! Cost is usually $90 - covers everything, even a funky dinner out on the town!

Spring Break - Urban Plunge YSOP

 Photo Album 2011

 Plunge 2011 - Freshman Orientation


R House

Every year, Roanoke students build a Habitat for Humanity house as part of orientation.

Micah's Backpack

Micah's Backpack is a student run organization that provides 45 local, underprivileged children with weekend meals.

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