President Abbott Talks AWOL

The AWOL (Alternative Week of Off-Campus Learning) Program sponsors service-learning trips during the University's winter, spring and summer breaks, as well as, one weekend a month during the academic year.

More information about how to get involved with AWOL at USD​

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. This occurs both during weekends during the semester and over longer winter, spring and summer breaks.

The alternative weekends of service are monthly events led by USD students either locally in Vermillion or within a five hour driving radius. It’s a great way to ease your way into service by going with a friend or roommate to learn about a social issue, the surrounding area and AWOL.

AWOL week-long trips include six weeks of training about trip issues prior to departure, educational curriculum while on site and post-break reflection and service projects.

Make your breaks meaningful and memorable by learning more about issues such as education, sustainability, community development, or health care at a location around the country or abroad.

Watch a video from Habitat for Humanity from Springfield, MO

AWOL First-Year Serve & Learn

AWOL Serve and Learn is a unique opportunity offered exclusively to incoming first-year students. Participants have the opportunity to move in to their rooms early and learn more about USD and the Vermillion area from upper-class students 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.

Contact engage@usd.edu about sign-up information.

National Connections

USD's AWOL program is a member of the national Break Away organization. Our students connect with others on campuses across the country in leadership and service opportunities through Break Away.