Grand Valley Alternative Breaks Summer 2016

This year we sent out 3 different service trips across the country during summer break, including our first ever flight trip! If you would like to take a closer look at all of their adventures, be sure to follow our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages!

Summer 2016 Trips: Biodiversity (Flight Trip), Human Trafficking Awareness (Regional), and Wild Life Refuge.

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Wildlife Refuge

Thank you to all advisors, executive board members, site leaders, participants, alumni, community partners, and anyone else who invested time and energy into this year’s summer break 2016 trips. We have learned and grown so much this year, and we could not have done it without you!

If you have any questions about Grand Valley Alternative Breaks or you would like to learn how you can get more involved, please contact us at

See you next year, Lakers!


2015-2016 Program Awards

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We are grateful to have been recognized with Break Away’s 2016 T-Shirt of the Year award! This shirt was created as a fun way to celebrate our 25 years at Grand Valley State University, and it is in honor of all the incredible student leaders, alumni, faculty, and community partners who have contributed so much to our program.

We thank Break Away for this honor, BonfireFunds for providing us with a platform to create the shirts, all of the active citizens to whom the shirt is dedicated, and all of the alternative break programs throughout the country that inspire, encourage, and challenge us to grow.

Click  here to check out the Break Away article about the award!

Here is a closer look at the BonfireFunds t-shirt design:



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We would also like to congratulate all of the other excellent programs, organizations, and individuals who won 2016 National Alternative Break Awards!

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Additionally, we would like to thank the Office of Student Life and the Community Service Learning Center for recognizing us with a 2016 Spirit of Service Award!

April, the 2016-2017 GVAB president, with our 2016 Spirit of Service Award!

Student leaders in our organization recorded a total of 1,400.5 hours on Service Tracker, earning Grand Valley Alternative Breaks an award for the highest total hours reported by a student organization for the 2015-2016 school year.

Thank you to all who have contributed to our organization this year– none of this would be possible without your invested time and energy! Together, let’s move forward and continue to create positive change and cultivate active citizenship in our community.

The Alternative Breaks Movement: The 2015-2016 Year in Review

Check out this excellent infographic that Break Away created to illustrate the impact made by alternative break programs across the country during the 2015-2016 year.

‪Grand Valley Alternative Breaks is a small part of a much larger Movement started by our parent organization, Break Away, and we are inspired and encouraged by all of the programs, active citizens, and communities that contribute to this bigger picture.

To illustrate the impact made by all alternative break programs, Break Away created an infographic (show above) that depicts the numbers of AB participants, community partners, trips, hours of direct service, and other interesting statistics. Check it out!

To learn more about the Alternative Breaks Movement, check out Break Away: The Alternative Break Connection‘s National Chapter Survey Results and the 2015 Annual Report.

At the local level, the 2015-2016 year has been one of growth and learning, and we are grateful to all of the student leaders, alumni, GVSU faculty members, AB programs throughout the country, community partners, and everyone else who has contributed to our program and made this year a success. We could not have done it without you– thank you!