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Since 2007, Interfaith Philadelphia has run an Alternative Break dialogue and service week for over 60 colleges, universities, high schools, and youth groups, engaging over 650 student leaders of diverse backgrounds. These groups have visited congregations of more than two dozen distinct faith communities while engaging in service to tackle important social issues such as homelessness, food insecurity, gun violence, racism, poverty, and school funding.


Interfaith Philadelphia has welcomed students from Alvernia University, Haverford College, North Carolina State University, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Johns Hopkins University, University of Virginia, Villanova University, and many more schools from across the country!


We hope that every student leaves with a tremendous appreciation for the importance of our work, a commitment to carry forward the skills, and knowledge learned during the week that will carry through for the rest of their lives.

Our Model

A Unique Alternative Break Trip Experience...


Learn  about and dialogue with diverse faith communities
Attend  worship gatherings and meet with people of Buddhist, Muslim, Jewish, Sikh, Quaker, and other faith traditions
Meet  the leaders and members of grassroots community organizations and understand what they do and why
Engage  in meaningful service work – participate in action for the common good
Participate  in structured skill building workshops and reflection
Develop  leadership skills, make new friends and deepen relationships
Explore  the city of Philadelphia and its rich history, vibrant neighborhoods, and world-class entertainment


Want to learn more about the Alternative Break program?
Contact Elexus Freeman-Filmore at

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