Alternative Break Program

NYCCEP is pleased to partner with Columbia University's Office of Student Engagement on the Alternative Break Program (“ABP”).  The ABP provides funding and support for teams of Columbia/Barnard students who tackle community challenges around the world, across the country, or in our own backyards!

Please note that preliminary proposals for 2015-2016 ABP spring and summer breaks will be due on October 12, 2015. Check out the ABP website for more information, and submit an application here.

We are holding an info session to guide you through the application process just for Barnard students! Join us on October 2nd at 4:00pm in the Barnard Career Development office to learn more about the program. 


So, what exactly is ABP?

The ABP does not organize or lead service break trips.  Student(s) submit proposals for service trip ideas that address the community in which the student(s) wish to serve, the challenge they wish to address and the type of service they feel will best address those challenges in those communities.  Proposals that are accepted receive ABP-support, which includes training, advisement, and funding.  ABP funds may be applied to team travel expenses such as food, lodging, in-country transportation, and airline tickets.  

Two ways to participate

  1. Organize your team's own civic engagement project, deciding what challenges to address, who to work with, and what community to work in.
  2. Join a team and help the organizers shape the experience.

Want to know more?

The main ABP website has lots more information! You can also feel free to contact Adeline Medeiros, Associate Director of Civic Engagement, at, or 212-854-2033 if you have any other questions about the program.