Alternative Break trips can be physically and mentally strenuous. Each student will need to make a personal decision if this is the right experience based on their own mental and physical state. Students should have the psychological capacity to be able to adapt to change, follow safety instructions, and adjust to the additional stresses of this unique program.
For all trips: Expect simple, inexpensive living conditions such as dorms, youth hostels, church floors, camping and local family homestays. Food will be simple and in the local style.
For international trips: Travel to developing countries can be challenging and stressful to even the most seasoned traveler. Culture shock and adapting quickly to a new environment can be physically and emotionally exhausting.
Food and water: Although students will be forewarned to avoid water from the tap and buying food from certain locations, students may be exposed to contaminants from food and water. Many people experience traveler’s diarrhea and other illnesses during their Alternative Break trip.
Transportation and walking: Students may find public and even private transportation less comfortable than they are used to. Expect strenuous walking or hiking and be ready to carry your suitcase or backpack long distances.
Air quality: Can be heavily polluted in some areas due to traffic, burning waste, and dust.
High Altitude: Some trips take place at high altitude which can cause sickness and disorientation. Check your trip site for the altitude.
Medications: Students are responsible for bringing their medications with them and adhering to their regimen on the trip. Many locations will not have access to pharmacies as readily as in the US.