Welcome to the SEC Compact
Created in 2013, the SEC Compact is an agreement between five Southeastern Conference schools to leave a lasting impact through our Alternative Break Programs.
How it works
Each year SEC schools will each send one trip to a predetermined site over spring break. Every school, however, has a different spring break, allowing us to work for five straight weeks at one site. This maximizes our impact while giving our participants the same life-changing experience they’d have on any other Alternative Break trip. Each school’s trip operates the same as it would if they weren’t a part of the Compact, but since we are all volunteering at the same site we’re able to do five weeks worth of work, instead of just one.
Schools also participate in a conference calls throughout the year to plan their trips jointly and share ideas. This not only strengthens the impact of the trips to the Compact site, but also improves each of our programs as a whole through the sharing of ideas and resources.
This year’s site is in Marion County, Alabama working to build a home through Habitat for Humanity. Their mission is “to eliminate substandard housing in Marion County and to make simple, decent, affordable housing a matter of conscience for all.”
- University of Missouri
- Auburn University
- University of Florida
- University of South Carolina
- University of Alabama
History of the SEC Compact
The idea for the SEC Compact was born at a winter conference for alternative break advisors hosted by Break Away at IUPUI. At that meeting Break Away presented on its Haiti Compact – an agreement between schools to go to Haiti in response to the 2010 earthquake. Through that conversation a variation of Break Away’s Compact was create in which multiple schools, with different spring breaks, would decide to visit the same time to extend the amount of time spent working at that site. While alternative break trips have huge positive impacts on both participants and the agencies they work with, a drawback is they only last one week. Through this new Compact, the site would have volunteers for multiple weeks, instead of the typical one week.
The SEC Compact grew from an idea to a reality in the summer of 2013 when the University of Missouri reached out to various schools across the SEC with breaks that lined up back to back to back to back with each other. The founding schools were the University of Missouri, the University of Kentucky, the University of Florida, the University of South Carolina and Auburn University.