Alternative Break Experiences

Leadership & Volunteer Services coordinates the Alternative Break Program which is an experiential opportunity for UTSA students to explore a social issue in the community and have a direct impact on that community. This opportunity builds upon leadership skills, fosters individual growth and promotes a deeper sense of global awareness.

The mission of the Alternative Break Program is to empower and challenge students to understand their relationship within the global community through education, reflection, and direct service while on weeklong service trips over a break.

This program started in 1994 through the student organization VOICES (Volunteer Organization Involving Community, Education and Service) with 20 students embarking to Reynosa, Mexico.

Past Alternative Break experiences have focused on environmental restoration, immigration, hunger, homelessness, and working with children. Locations have included San Antonio, TX, Biloxi, MS, Austin, TX, Teller County, CO, Atlanta, GA, San Juan, TX, Grand Canyon National Park, Dallas, TX, New Orleans, LA, and Puerto Rico.

Photo of Alternative Breaks trips members holding a UTSA flag.

Alternative Break Trip Leaders

Each alternative break experience has two student trip leaders who get the opportunity to build upon their leadership experiences. They will get the opportunity to assist with coordinating trip specific logistics as well as facilitating and leading pre-trip meetings, service activities, & reflection. Trip Leader Applications are closed for the 2022 -2023 academic year. 



Alternative Break Trip Participant

Each alternative break experience will have 10-14 trip participants. Trip participants will actively engage in all pre-trip meetings, a week of service, & reflections. Upon their return from their trip experience, they will create a reorientation plan & action steps to participate in positive community change. 

ABSA  2022

  • September 30th - October 2nd
  • November 4th -6th

  • To be selected as a trip participant, students must submit a completed Alternative Break Application on RowdyLink. If you need help finding the application, please email

  • Fall Weekend Alternative Break Applications will be due September 9th.

  • Prices vary per trip based on location and dates. More information will be released during the fall semester.