Covid-19 Update

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have canceled 2021's Alternative Breaks, but plan on resuming breaks in 2022.

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What We're About

Alternative Breaks are fully immersive and highly organized service trips for students and young adults that allow them to make a direct impact in a community while learning more deeply about the issues surrounding that community and the larger world.


Break A Difference is a nonprofit organization with the goal of accelerating young leaders on a trajectory of lifelong service. We believe in the transformative power of volunteerism, both for the individual volunteer and the community in which they serve. Individuals are more likely and better equipped to become involved in community organizations, take on leadership roles, and continue to serve following participation in a Alternative Break.


Break A Difference prides itself on being an organization of relationships. During an Alternative Break, you will have the opportunity to experience the work of non-profit partners, learn from industry leaders making change in their communities, and develop the skills needed to lead on campus and for years to come.


Are you ready to take advantage of your break? Are you excited to get off the beaten path and see a city from the view of those that live there? Be a part of something bigger than yourself and find the Alternative Break that’s right for you! Click on a location below to learn more about what’s happening in the community.



Courtney Moore
202-400-2257 ext 703



Break A Difference identifies opportunities for high impact service, blending direct service to recipients with capacity building activities for the non-profit partner.



Break A Difference has relationships with a national network of local, community based non-profits and knows how to supplement their internal volunteer management capacity to ensure the best experience for Break'rs.



Small teams are matched with an experienced team leader for the highest quality experience.


BREAK OPEN: warm-up with team building sessions that prepare you to fully experience your Alternate Break.

BREAK BREAD: connect and re-energize with nightly reminders of the amazing work you are doing!

BREAK BEYOND: meet community leaders and learn what a lifetime of service looks like in practice.

BREAK THROUGH: get the most from your trip, with a series of program modules designed to build leadership and team skills that will last a lifetime.

BREAK OUT: reflect on your experience, and get emotional closure on your Alternative Break.



Break A Difference directly manages all aspects of the service experience, assisting our non-profit partners rather than relying on them to make the experience successful.



Break A Difference program fees include all meals, housing, airport transfers, transportation between housing and service; and all supplies.


All Break A Difference programs are drug and alcohol free, and a culture of respect for all differences is strictly maintained.


Teisha Miles

2x Break Trips

Doing Alternative Breaks helped me find my purpose!


Abigail Cook

2x Break Trips

Going on an Alternative Break allowed me to not only explore a new place, but also partake in perspective-changing volunteer efforts.

Tom Egan

2x Break Trips

 Life is all about trying new things and taking risks, and I can promise you that this is something that you will wonder why you did not participate sooner.  

​​Contact us:


​Find us: 

Break A Difference Office & Warehouse

1794 Union Avenue

Baltimore, MD 21211