UCO Alternative Breaks 

The UCO Alternative Breaks Program strive to provide students with a transformative experience.  Instead of relaxing or taking a vacation, Alternative Breaks are a week or few days on not a week or few days off.  In line with UCO's Call to Action, delivering education based on our shared values of Community, Character and Civility we strive to create a society of active citizens.  Once they return from an Alternative Break experience, participants will be more informed on all sides of a social issue, feel empowered to make informed decisions and take meaningful action that supports the greater good.  Upon graduation, these students will have the skills to become active members of society and weigh in on issues that impact their communities. 

UCO Alternative Break OrgSync page 


Alternative Spring Break- 2019

2019 UCO Alternative Spring Break applications will open October 2018 on the Alternative Breaks Orgsync page.  The apps will close TBD and then students will start the interview process.  The link to the application is below.  This is a great leadership opportunity and we are excited to offer this to more students with multiple trip options.  We are also looking for staff/faculty advisors, if interested email bblevins7@uco.edu for more information.  Each trip will cost between $200 and $350 per student.  The dates are March 16– 24, 2019.

Alternative Spring Break

Click Here for more information (Please Note Applications are Now Closed)

  • Catalina Island Conservancy- Catalina Island, California
  • Carlsbad Caverns National Park- Carlsbad, New Mexico
    • Trip Leader- Curtis Diaz (volunteer@uco.edu)
    • Staff Leader- Shelby Button  
    • Issue- Stewardship of public lands and natural places  
  • Chicago, Illinois 
    • Trip Leader- Mario Figueroa (mfigueroa3@uco.edu
    • Staff Leader- TBD
    • Issue- Immigration Policy 
  • Canyonlands and Zion National Park- Moab, Utah 
    • Trip Leader- Charles Spells (cspells@uco.edu)
    • Staff Leader- TBD
    • Issue- Ecosystem and Historic Preservation
  •  Local Alternative Spring Break (Applications will Open in February 2019)
    • Trip Leader- TBD
    • Staff Leader- Patrick Tadlock & Eric Hemphill
    • Issue- Local Food and Food Systems 


Spring 2018

  • Grand Canyon National Park- Environmental and Historical Stewardship

  • Atlanta, Georgia- Human Rights 

  • Catalina Island, California- Ecosystem Restoration and Stewardship

Spring 2017

  • Minneapolis, Minnesota Northbound: Tackling Domestic Violence, Sex Trafficking, and Breaking Down Language Barriers

  • Zion National Park, Southwest Utah Environmental Stewardship:The National Park Systems' Role in the Stewardship of Natural Resources 

  • Chicago, Illinois-"Till It Happens to You: Students Challenging Societal Norms."

Spring 2016: 

  • Charlotte, North Carolina: Asset Building- Habitat for Humanity

  • Knoxville, Tennessee: Poverty Programs- Knoxville Leadership Foundation 

  • Albuquerque, New Mexico: Food Insecurity 

Local Alternative Spring Break 2016 

  • Edmond and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (no overnight stay): Food Justice- Urban Garden Programs

Spring 2015:

  • Colorado Springs, CO: Pike's Peak Habitat for Humanity 

  • Corpus Christi, TX: Padre Island National Seashore- Sea Turtle Recovery Division 

  • Denver, CO (Fraternity and Sorority Life sponsored All-Greek Trip): Animal Welfare 

Spring 2014:

  • Chicago, IL:  working with the YMCA of Chicago focused on inner city youth developing community activities and various projects. (6 student spots available)

  • Nashville, TN: working with the Nashville Rescue Mission to focus on two social issues- hunger and homelessness. Projects include preparing/serving food, painting/light construction, garden work, sorting donated items, stocking a food pantry, etc. (10 student spots available)

  • Flagstaff, AZ: working with the Grand Canyon National Park and Hazard Trees focused on Conservation.  Projects include removing hazardous trees/plants and other projects. (10 student spots available)

Spring 2013: New York Cares and Responding to Natural Disasters

Experience first hand how non-profits spring into action within communities hit by a natural disaster.  March 17 – 23 UCO students have the opportunity to aid in the Superstorm Sandy Disaster Relief Efforts.  UCO will be partnering with New York Cares to help clean up debris, muck-out houses, start the rebuilding process and much more in Gerritsen Beach & Far Rockaway, NY.  

For more information check out UCO Alternative Spring Break in the news:



Alternative Fall Break 

2018 Alternative Fall Break applications open September 2018 on the Alternative Breaks OrgSync page.  Alternative Fall breaks are free to attend and will be held at various locations and service various issues around the OKC metro area. 

Local Alternative Fall Break- Option 1 

  • Serving the UCO Community Gardens
  • October 18-19, 2018
  • Click Here to Sign Up 


Local Alternative Fall Break- Option 2

  • Animal Welfare
  • October 18-19, 2018
  • Click Here to Sign Up 


Alternative Fall Break 2016 & 2017

UCO Community Gardens 

Issue: Food Security through Urban Gardening 

Previous Trips:

Alternative Fall Break 2015

  • Travel/Overnight Trip
    • Selman Living Lab- Freedom, Oklahoma
    • Participants will be serving at UCO's official Biological Station.
  • Local Day Trips
    • Participants will be serving at Reaching Our City or Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity

 Alternative Fall Break 2014

  • Trips focused on serving with Serve Moore (Moore, OK), Turning Point Ministries (Edmond, OK), Restore Hope Ministries (Tulsa, OK), and The Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma (Tulsa, OK). 

Alternative Fall Break 2013

  • Trip focused on serving with the US Defenders and Rebuilding Together to give aid to those in our Metropolitan community.

Alternative Fall Break 2012

  • Trips went to Joplin, MO to aid in the rebuilding process with Rebuild Joplin and the other group served with the Oklahoma City Public School Foundation's Teachers Warehouse and at Arcadia Lake.  

For more information check out UCO Alternative Fall Break in the news:


UCO Community Makes an Impact Throughout Oklahoma with Fall Break Service Projects