As of March 11, all upcoming service break trips are cancelled due to Coronavirus.  For more information regarding the University of Iowa's response, visit

The University of Iowa's Hawkeye Service Breaks program exists to promote service learning, social justice, and community building to University of Iowa students through a service immersion experience. 

The University of Iowa is a member of Break Away, the nonprofit organization that promotes the development of quality service break programs.  Visit their website to learn more about the national movement toward active citizenship.

Click here to learn more about our 2020 teams and how to join one!

All students who wish to join a Hawkeye Service Breaks team must enroll in the corresponding 3 s.h. service-learning course (LS:1024) for the Spring semester.  This is a 10 week course that meets in person for 1 hour 15 minutes once per week in addition to a weekly online module.

Enrollment for Spring 2020 will begin in Fall 2019, according to students' specified course registration dates.  This program is open to all undergraduate, graduate, and professional students.

Students will participate in the overnight service immersion experience from March 14-19, 2020 (spring break) in their designated team location as part of the course requirements. 

The final presentations for the course will occur on Monday, April 6 from 5:00 - 6:15 pm and Tuesday, April 7 from 12:30 - 1:45 pm in the Iowa Memorial Union and are open to the public. 

To cover most costs associated with this trip (travel, lodging, meals, activities, etc.), the course includes a $175 fee.  A limited number of need-based fee waivers are available.  Actively enrolled students can complete the online fee waiver application.  Please submit by December 19, 2019 for full consideration.

Thank you to our generous sponsors: Center for Diversity & Enrichment, College of Education Teacher Leader Center, Environmental Health Sciences Research CenterFood Pantry at Iowa, Nonprofit Leadership & Philanthropy Certificate, Dance Marathon, Fraternity & Sorority Life, Tippie College of BusinessUI Center for Advancement, University of Iowa Student Government, and Women in Science & Engineering. We are grateful for these wonderful campus partners!

To donate to the Hawkeye Service Breaks through the University of Iowa Center for Advancement, please direct your gift to the VPSL Directed Gift Fund and specify it should be given to the Hawkeye Service Breaks.

If you have any questions about the Hawkeye Service Breaks, or if you are interested in participating as a faculty/staff member, please email us!

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