Alternative Break Information

Alternative Fall Break: Chicago

Thursday, October 9th (departing campus at 4:00pm) through Saturday, October 11th, 2014

Interested in the religious and cultural diversity of Chicago?  Want to learn more about interfaith engagement and service?  We will be spending two nights and two days in Chicago visiting Christian, Jewish, Baha’i and Muslim faith communities, and learning about—and engaging in—interfaith service and dialogue, including volunteer opportunities with The Night Ministry and City Farm on Clybourn Ave. We’ll be staying at the Cenacle Retreat Center in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood and will also visit one of Chicago’s great restaurants on Devon Ave.

Questions?  Contact University Chaplain Elyse Nelson Winger at

Alternative Spring Break:  Habitat for Humanity Collegiate Challenge

March 7th through March 14th, 2015

Looking for an opportunity to serve and sweat along with a great group of IWU students?  Interested in getting to know another city and local culture?  Collegiate Challenge is a program of Habitat for Humanity International that brings thousands of students to Habitat locations across the southern United States during the month of March—and IWU students are among these amazing students!  Travel to a warmer locale and spend a week building a house and working alongside the family who will live there, and go deeper in your understanding of housing as a human right and a matter of social justice!  The exact location of the trip will be revealed in October, following IWU’s registration with the Collegiate Challenge Program.

Program application:

Applications due by October 31st.

Questions?  Contact University Chaplain and Habitat RSO Advisor Elyse Nelson Winger at