Alternative Break Opportunities
Below are organizations that provide spring and summer civic engagement opportunities. These opportunities are not Columbia-sponsored or supported, but are reputable organizations that can help you connect to interesting service experiences.
Please feel free to reach out to Student Engagement staff if you have questions about how to access or evaluate a particular civic engagement break opportunty.
Global Exchange is an organization that can help students coordinate trips. Global Exchange is experienced in holding "Reality Tours" which promote socially responsible travel. Trips focus on social, economic, political and environmental issues.
Amizade is a global volunteering and service-learning foundation, offering programs in Bolivia, Brazil, Ghana, Jamaica, Tanzania, Mexico, Northern Ireland and the Navajo Nation.
Witness for Peace organizes human rights, peace, and justice grassroots travel-education delegations in Latin America: Colombia, Nicaragua, Cuba, and Mexico.
Cross-Cultural Solutions offers volunteer programs around the world.
Projects Abroad offers a variety of international service trips.
Transitions Abroad is a magazine with guides to work, study, travel, and living abroad.
International Partners cultivates leadership capacity and create personal partnerships with grass-roots leaders in developing countries to bring education, health, and opportunity to people in impoverished communities. They organize delegations to El Salvador.
American Hiking Society builds and maintains trails across the US.
Foundation for Sustainable Development supports the efforts of grassroots development organizations in Latin America, East Africa, and Asia that are working to better the communities, environments, and the economic opportunities around them.
The International Volunteer Programs Association (IVPA) is an association of non-governmental organizations involved in international volunteer work and internship exchanges. IVPA is an association of volunteer sending organizations but does not organize or run its own volunteer programs. IVPA can serve as a guide to anyone considering volunteering abroad or developing international service opportunities.
UBELONG offers volunteering opportunities to live in a community and work on a local project. UBELONG has over 80 projects in multiple countries and fields, and is led by international development professionals and former volunteers.