Alternative Spring Break

Challenge yourself, create lasting friendships, and make a difference in the world. Each year during spring break, NYIT students, faculty, and staff travel to an in-need area to lend a helping hand. Past NYIT Alternative Spring Break trips to Peru, Ecuador, and Nicaragua have offered NYIT students life-changing experiences and new understandings of the world at large.

Volunteering to help others in need around the world is a hallmark of NYIT’s Alternative Spring Break program.

Volunteering to help others in need around the world is a hallmark of NYIT’s Alternative Spring Break program.

Applications for the 2016 program are now closed and participants have been selected. The group will go to Nicaragua to develop and run day camps for children in Nicaragua, renovate public space(s), and work with community members to understand and troubleshoot water access/filtration challenges.

Watch a documentary, THIRST, about the 2015 NYIT Alternative Spring Break.


“Being part of NYIT's Alternative Spring Break Program taught me about my personal potential to influence change. For the first time in my life, I experienced the life of people living a world away and despite our outward differences, I was still able to make a lasting impact on their life. This was one of the most significant reasons behind my choice to change my major from Nursing to Social Work. As we were saying our goodbyes, a few of the girls who I had grown close with gave me the tightest little hugs while crying and telling me they wouldn't forget me. It may seem like a sad moment, but for me it was such a powerful experience to have gained their trust and respect just by giving them a little attention - something we take for granted. Go into the experience without expectations, and you'll learn more things about yourself and your abilities than you can believe!”
—Dyesha Durm, Peru, 2011 & 2012

“Going to Peru is something I will never forget, because there I found meaning in living. And that meaning came from seeing how happy the people were regardless of the fact that they did not have a television, a cell phone, economic resources, electricity, or even readily available water. I encourage everyone to look into Alternative Spring Break. Do it! It will be an unforgettable experience that will bring you both joy and sadness. But the sadness will make you humble and ground you to your soul and others.”
—Oliver Vasquez, Peru, 2012