Alternative Fall Break with Newman

Wednesday, October 18 - Sunday, October 22

The Alternative Fall Break Program at the UNC Newman Center, provides an opportunity for students to engage in mission service over University breaks. Participants spend the day engaged in site-specific projects and justice education with their Newman group (and potentially other universities and organizations), and the evenings in faith-based reflections and community building. This vision of service reflection is really what separates Newman from other alternative break opportunities on campus. While we spend much of our time performing service work, the primary purpose of AFB with Newman is to learn from and live in solidarity with the communities we visit, forming relationships, gaining a firsthand perspective of injustice in our world, and connecting our faith to our daily life. Newman trips focus on the idea of "encounter" and forming relationships through Christian love and service to the marginalized as summed up in the words of Pope Francis: “Whenever we encounter another person in love, we learn something new about God.”

The Pilgrimage- Washington, D.C.

The Pilgrimage is the principal outreach ministry of Church of the Pilgrims. Set up like a hostel, The Pilgrimage welcomes groups of up to 40 people and puts people into contact with the poor and low- income o Washington, D.C. through experiential learning projects. Programs are set up for the Pilgrimage groups to work in soup kitchens, food banks, urban gardens, and homeless shelters.

Holston Habitat for Humanity-Kingsport, TN (Camping trip)

Holston Habitat for Humanity uses volunteer labor to build simple, decent and affordable houses in partnership with low-income families in the Tri-Cities, Tennessee area. Habitat for Humanity changes lives by bringing together God's people and resources to help families in need build and own quality affordable homes in safe and supportive communities. Construction skills are not required. 

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AFB Participant Application

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AFB Leader Application

Thank you for your interest in Newman's Alternative Fall Break (AFB). Please contact Juan Carlos Pacheco, Pastoral Associate for Service & Justice, at with any questions about the trip.