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  • Locations: Fairfax, Virginia, United States;
  • Program Terms: Spring Break
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  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Eligible Population: 01 Freshman, 02 Sophomore, 03 Junior, 04 Senior, Graduate
Program Description:

Alternative Break Trip Leader Application

Mason’s Alternative Break (AB) programs are collaboratively designed by students and staff to address social issues through education and community service.  Alternative Break teams face challenging issues such as discrimination, inadequate housing, hunger, and poverty.  Students emerge from these experiences transformed with new ideas, perspective, and experiences that inspire active and engaged citizenship.


Program Philosophy

As a founding member of Break Away, we infuse our program with the eight components identified as qualities of high quality Alternative Break experiences: Strong Direct Service, Education, Orientation, Training, Reflection, Reorientation, Diversity, and Alcohol/Drug-free. Break Away’s continuum of individual development from Volunteer to Active Citizen informs our approach to trip preparation and design.

Trip Leadership

Alternative Break is a peer-to-peer leadership program. Team leaders are selected through an application process, and are provided training and support through the planning process. While some trips may have faculty or staff who serve as learning partners, students lead all alternative break experiences. Expectations of leadership include participation in a program retreat and weekly meetings for ongoing support through trip development.

Credit Option

For students who wish to deepen their learning, a credit option is available. Through individual inquiry and critical reflection papers, students engage in a closer examination of the implications of their service and the social issues addressed through the trip.

Contact Information

Alternative Break Coordinator

Kalia Harris
kharri23@gmu.edu



Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Break 2018 10/08/2017
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Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

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This program is currently not accepting applications.