“You’ve got to go there to know there.” ~ Zora Neale Hurston

Our Mission

To provide quality and fulfilling alternative breaks that mutually benefit community partners and student participants through education focused on social justice, service work requested by the host site, and reflection facilitated by student leaders.

We aim to provide social issue-based service experiences that are educational and cultural, and to promote active citizenship among UK students, faculty, and staff.


Our Vision

A campus of socially aware student citizens seeking to make a positive impact in the global community.


Our Philosophy

Our philosophy is that quality community service, particularly service immersions like Alternative Service Breaks, must involve:

  • Strong direct service to address unmet community needs
  • Broad education and deep reflection about social issues facing communities
  • Exposure to the character and culture of the diverse communities in which we serve

Our approach is deeply rooted in the Break Away organization’s “Active Citizen Continuum” and “Eight Components Of A Quality Break Program,” which include:

  • Strong Direct Service
  • Full Engagement
  • Diversity
  • Orientation
  • Education
  • Training
  • Reflection
  • Reorientation