Alternative Break Trips

University Ministry’s ABI Program offers Dominican University students, faculty, and staff an opportunity to step beyond our gates and dive into the social concerns of today. The program includes immersion experiences offered over the fall, spring, and summer breaks. We learn together in relationship. A team from Dominican University engages in service and builds relationships with people living in a different culture and among themselves. Together we examine social issues, reflect, and pray together. We do all of this because such experiences have the power to transform lives, especially our own. We hope that you’ll consider applying.

Fall Break


Winter Break

Guatemala Service Immersion - This program is focused on service in San Lucas Tolimàn, Guatemala. One of the most well-known missions in Guatemala, its long-term devotion has been the enhancement and enrichment of the whole person by addressing both the immediate effects of poverty and its underlying causes. Our service enhances the San Lucas mission and immerses us in Guatemalan culture. Sponsored through Community Based Learning this new experience is bound to be a great opportunity to continue exercising our commitment to be global citizens.

Spring Break

United Saints: New Orleans, LA
March 4-11, 2017

The story of New Orleans is a tale of two cities - poverty and affluence, decadence and simplicity, tradition rooted in history and modernization, pre-Katrina and post-Katrina. You will meet the people of New Orleans, experience their warm hospitality, and contribute to the rebuilding efforts still taking place in struggling neighborhoods through our partnering organization – the United Saints Recovery Project. You’ll have the opportunity to do large and small home building and rehab projects to allow homeowners to return to and stay in their homes. We’ll experience a social justice tour of the city addressing the history and culture of the city from its founding through slavery and reconstruction, the modern period, and through the terrible events of Katrina in 2005 through to the present recovery. We’ll frame all of our work, learning and reflection in the spirit of the ongoing civil rights movement stopping at the National Civil Rights Memorial in Memphis, Tennessee on the way to NOLA.

Summer Break

Borderlands, Trip to the U.S./Mexico Border: San Diego, CA ~ Tijuana, MX
May 2017

Borderlands is a unique opportunity to serve and to learn in the space in between two nations, two cultures, two ways of life. It is a seven-day, six night service immersion to the U.S./México border communities of San Diego, CA and Tijuana, MX. During the journey, students, faculty, and staff experience and unpack the socio-political herida abierta, (open wound) that is the border between two peoples. We will explore the ways that the U.S./México border is more than a place. It is a metaphor for the way that our lives are the complex integration of many things: faith, culture, society, desires, fears, hopes, and dreams. The borderlands are a place within us and a place that exists in the world.

Nazareth Farm: Salem, WV
May 2017

Experience the rich cultural heritage of Appalachia as you come together with college students from across the country for a week of home repair, community building, faith sharing, and simple living. Nazareth Farm is located in beautiful rural West Virginia and has hosted high school and college groups for service retreats since 1979. A typical day involves morning chores, community meals, prayer, going out to work sites to assist low-income residents with home repair, and fun social time in the evening.