Alternative Spring Break

Challenge yourself, create lasting friendships, and make a difference in the world. Each year during breaks in January and March, NYIT students, faculty, and staff travel to an in-need area to lend a helping hand. Past NYIT Alternative Break trips to Peru, Ecuador, Nicaragua, and the Dominican Republic have offered students life-changing experiences and new understandings of the world at large. Learn more about recent service trips.

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.

To apply for the January 2018 program in the Dominican Republic (January 11-19), fill in the application via Google Docs. Details of the trip are included on the application form. The group selected for January 2018 will go to the Dominican Republic to carry out home repairs and to work with youth in the community. Note: You must be signed in to your NYIT account to access the application.

A second 2018 Alternative Break trip will be held March 17-25 (spring break at NYIT’s New York campuses). Students selected for that trip will visit Nicaragua, where they will build a home. Further details and applications for the Nicaragua trip will become available later in 2017.

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