Alternative 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.

This year, NYIT is partnering with Bridges to Community for both Alternative Break trips. Bridges to Community is a non-profit organization whose two-part mission is to improve the lives of impoverished communities in developing countries through volunteer service trips, and to simultaneously educate and transform those volunteers to be more aware of the connections we all share and the ways we can impact our lives for the better.

You can help us by sponsoring a student or an entire alternative break trip. Donations of any amount can be made to Alternative Break @ NYIT.

Alternative Winter Break

This year's Winter Break program will be held January 11-19, 2018. Students selected for the program will travel to the Dominican Republic to carry out home repairs and to work with youth in the community.

Alternative Spring Break

The Alternative Spring 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.

Hear from students who went on the last Alternative Break in 2017.

If you have any questions about either Alternative Break program, please contact Adrienne McNally at amcnally@nyit.edu.

We are no longer accepting applications for the 2018 Alternative Winter and Spring Break programs. Look for an announcement of the 2019 programs in late spring.