Center for Academic & Global Engagement Service-Learning

AWOL Alternative Breaks

The AWOL (Alternative Week of Off-Campus Learning) Program sponsors service-learning trips during the University's winter and spring breaks.

Make Your Breaks Meaningful

AWOL participants travel locally, nationally and internationally in teams to different cities, engage in service projects, and gain new perspectives on social issues while meeting community needs.

AWOL includes six weeks of training about trip issues prior to departure, education and reflection sessions while on site and post-break education and service projects.

Make your break meaningful and memorable working on issues such as hunger, poverty, environment or homelessness.

AWOL Freshman Serve and Learn

AWOL Serve and Learn is a unique opportunity offered exclusively to incoming freshman students. Participants have the opportunity to move in two days early (August 21) and learn more about USD and the Vermillion area from upper classmen who hold leadership positions throughout campus.

This is a great opportunity to learn more about the non-profit organizations that serve the Vermillion area and how you can get involved in community service while at USD. Participants will also tour campus, find out where their classrooms are, and discover things to do in Vermillion.

Register for the 2014 Serve and Learn!

A Member of the National Organization

USD's AWOL program is a member of the national Break Away organization.


Passion for Service

meghan awol new orleans "...The friends I made and the people I met created an experience that I will never forget and ignited a passion for service that had long since been lost in the hustle and bustle of the everyday life of a student."

--Meghan McCauley-Loof