Students pose with LVC banner during community service trip to Arizona

Alternative Breaks

The Department for Service & Community Engagement offers at least two Alternative Breaks every academic year, providing students with the opportunity to fulfill their Immersive Experience requirement. The program incorporates civic engagement, community involvement, and unique service projects. These experiences vary annually, offering students opportunities for service learning in local, domestic, and international settings.

Stay tuned for 2025 opportunities!

LVC students pose in front of mural during service trip in Northern Ireland.

Northern Ireland

March 2023

In Belfast, LVC students served in youth centers that have existed for many years to help meet the needs of young people and keep them safe. Team members also heard from powerful speakers representing different political and religious backgrounds who shared their unique experiences from the period of The Troubles.   With 2023 marking the 25th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement, LVC students also had the chance to join local youth in painting a new mural on one of the Peace Wall gates.

LVC students participate in community service trip to Arizona in January 2023

The Navajo Nation

January 2023

LVC students and staff traveled to Tuba City, AZ, to learn about Navajo life and culture and to work on a community-led service project. Service included helping with building improvements, assisting with community events and clean-up projects, and other initiatives with a manual labor component. Students also explored the natural beauty of the area on group hikes.

March 2022 service trip group

Human Rights Virtual/Local: Bolivia and Lebanon County

March 2022

This virtual service-learning trip allowed students to connect remotely with Bolivian non-profit organizations that provide teaching on human rights, education, and health. Many of the organizations focus on work with youth with disabilities, children’s issues, education, and conservation, among other human rights issues. Students then connected with local non-profit organizations to explore these topics as they exist here at home. They also participated in a variety of hands-on service projects related to these topics.

Brazil service trip

Brazil and Lebanon County

May 2021

Although we weren’t able to travel due to the pandemic, this combination virtual/local service trip gave students the chance to compare and contrast issues of public health in various Brazilian communities with those that exist here at home. Local opportunities connected us with Lebanon Family Health Services, Lebanon Free Clinic, Habitat for Humanity, Wellspan Health, Mission Central, and more.

Service trip Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C.

March 2020

LVC students explored the history, causes, and consequences of homelessness, food insecurity, and “forced displacement” in the U.S. through dynamic service-learning at a wide variety of community and non-profit organizations in Washington, D.C. Through hands-on service, discussions, and interactions with speakers, participants compared the strengths and limitations of emergency food and housing programs, federal food and nutrition assistance, and community-based approaches to organizing for change.

Service-learning trip to Peru


May 2019

Students traveled to Peru for a week of service and cultural immersion. Living in Misminay for most of the trip, the group taught English to children and built and planted a greenhouse in order to establish a sustainable food source for the community. The group also visited Machu Picchu.

Sam Machin on service trip in the Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic

January & March 2019

Students traveled to Monte Cristi, Dominican Republic to work with Outreach360, an organization dedicated to providing educational opportunities to underserved children in Latin America.

Puerto Rico Service Trip

Puerto Rico

May 2018

Students participated in a week of environmental restoration as they cleaned up and replanted mangrove forests following Hurricane Maria. They also painted a school and delivered basic care items to local residents.