Service and reflection. We believe in strong direct service that will have a lasting impact on a community. We work with our community partners at all of our service sites to make sure that our students will be participate in meaningful service work. You can expect 6-8 hours of daily service.
Trip logistics are planned to minimize costs to both the University and the student participants. We strive to keep the focus of the trips on the social issues being investigated, the service work being completed, and the impact of the service on all involved.
Illinois State University vans are used for transportation for Alternative Weekends.
Charter busses from a local bus company are used for the majority of our Alternative Spring Break trips. These buses stay with us for the duration of our trip to transport us to and from our housing site and our service site. Occasionally, a spring break trip will require airfare. In those cases, flights will depart from Chicago/O'Hare airport and transportation at the service location will be provided by a partner organization.
International travel for Alternative Summer and Winter Breaks departs from the Chicago/O'Hare airport. Travel in-country is provided by our community partner and is usually vans.
Students stay in a variety of places including hostels, churches, community centers, campgrounds, and retreat centers. We try and keep costs low by choosing low-cost housing options. Participants will know where they will be staying and what items they need to bring with them well before departure. (Students are often asked to bring their own linens.)
Meals will be provided for all participants outside of any stops on the way to their site and on the way home. Meals are either provided through our housing site or are cooked by our students.
On many trips, students will be asked to bring their own mess kit (or a plate, bowl, cup, and silverware) to help reduce costs while also being good stewards of the environment.