Alternative Break Experiences



We believe at East Carolina University that Alternative Break Experiences (ABE) are learning opportunities that immerse ECU community members in diverse environments that address social, economic, political, environmental, spiritual, and cultural issues through the exchange of ideas, personal reflection, critical thinking, and applications of academic concepts beyond the classroom.  Alternative Break Experiences (ABE) challenge all participants to critically reflect upon their role and ability to make lasting social change in our local, regional, and global community.

Participating ECU Offices/Departments:

  • Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement
  • Dr. Jesse R. Peel LGBTQ Center
  • Ledoina Wright Cultural Center
  • Women and Gender Office
  • Honors College


  • Nutrition and healthy futures
  • Environmental Justice
  • Democratic Engagement
  • Criminal Justice Reform
  • Women and Gender Leadership
  • Youth Empowerment

Questions? Please email Lauren Howard in the Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement at or 252-737-1669.

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