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  • Locations: Fairfax, Virginia, United States;
  • Program Terms: ALT Break Spring, ALT Break Summer
  • Restrictions: Mason applicants only
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Eligible Population: 01 Freshman, 02 Sophomore, 03 Junior, 04 Senior, Graduate
Type of Program: Alternative Break Click here for a definition of this term Study Abroad Host: Alternative Break in SAIL
Program Description:

Alternative Break Learning Partner Application

Mason’s Alternative Break (AB) programs are collaboratively designed by students, community partners 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.

Contact Information

SAIL Office

sail@gmu.edu
 

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
ALT Break Spring 2020 10/01/2019 ** Rolling Admission 03/07/2020 03/15/2020
NOTE: Dates are general spring break term dates. Your actual program dates might vary. Please contact SAIL for actual dates.
ALT Break Summer 2020 03/01/2020 ** Rolling Admission 05/20/2020 05/31/2020

** 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.