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College breaks are often thought of as a time to vacation and/or relax. At Saint Rose, students are offered the opportunity to spend their breaks doing good for those in need, or as we call it, an "alternative break".

Each trip is lead by at least one student leader who has previously experienced the trip, as well as at least one staff or faculty mentor. Partial funding is provided by The College of Saint Rose, a demonstration of support of the students choosing to live out the values outlined in the Saint Rose mission. The remaining portion is fund-raised by student participants.

Recruiting for each alternative break trip happens early in the fall semester. Please contact (unless otherwise listed) for more information.

Students must apply and be selected in order to participate in the trips.

Alternative Break & Year End Options:
Washington DC: Service in our Nation’s Capital
January 4 – 9, 2020

Themes/issues: urban poverty and outcomes, housing and homelessness, faith and service
Please contact: Joan Horgan at

San Francisco: GLIDE: Homeless, hungry, and inner-city youth
February 29 – March 6, 2020

Themes/issues: homelessness, cycles of poverty, public housing
Please contact: Ken Scott at 

New Orleans: Hurricane Katrina Reconstruction

March 1 – 7, 2020

Themes/issues: disaster response, economic injustice, climate change, public policy
Please contact: Ken Scott at

Guatemala: International Service Trip
May 10 – 24, 2020

Themes/issues: poverty, materialism and consumerism, Latin American culture
Please contact: John Dion at