About Alternative Break Experiences

Pushing Boundaries and Creating Change

East Carolina University Alternative Break Experiences (ABE) create active citizens, leaders, and advocates for lasting social change.

We believe at East Carolina University that Alternative Break Experiences (ABE) are learning opportunities that immerse ECU community members in diverse environments that address social, economic, political, environmental, spiritual, and cultural issues through the exchange of idea, personal reflection, critical thinking, and applications of academic concepts beyond the classroom.  Alternative Break Experiences (ABE) challenge all participants to critically reflect upon their role and ability to make lasting social change in our local, regional, and global community.

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Connect. Take Action. Create Change.


2018 Spring Alternative Break Experience Dates:

March 3rd – March 11th

Adventure Programs ABE

Campus Living ABE: Urban Poverty

Volunteer and Service-Learning Center ABE: A Staycation In Our Community – Poverty and Youth


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Leadership is a relational process of inspiring, empowering and influencing positive change.