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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Housing: Homestay, Hostel
Eligible Population: 01 Freshman, 02 Sophomore, 03 Junior, 04 Senior, Graduate Type of Program: Alternative Break
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Program Description:

Alternative Break Participant Application

An alternative break is service-learning experience in which students travel to engage in direct-service. These trips are generally a week-long, and occur during spring or summer break where students work in partnership with host organizations on community-driven goals, focused on a particular social justice topic. Through exploration and immersion into the social issue long before the trip starts, students are able to interrogate the root causes of social issues in a way that allows them to engage compassionately and think critically. Upon their return, students are encouraged to engage in their own communities through informed, meaningful action. 

We offer eight focused on social justice issues as diverse as ecosystem restoration to indigenous rights, homelessness and housing insecurity, public health, education, and more. 


Program Philosophy

As a founding member of Break Away, we infuse our program with the 8 Components of a Quality Alternative Break experience: Strong Direct Service, Education, Orientation, Training, Reflection, Diversity & Social Justice, Full Engagement, and Re-Orientation. Break Away’s continuum of individual development from Volunteer to Active Citizen informs our approach to trip preparation and design, as well as the critical service approach to our work. 


Program Cost

Trip costs are subject to change based on community partner needs, flight costs, and fundraising, but will be very close to the following estimates.

Spring Break 2020:
  • Indigenous Culture, Education, and Equity: Guatemala: $585 (plus airfare)
  • Ecosystem Restoration: Stuart, Florida: $200
  • It’s Not Them but Us - Turning the Tide on HIV/AIDS: Washington, DC: $300
  • The Color of Justice: Mass Incarceration & Environmental Justice in Camden, NJ: $450
  • Unlocking the Dream: Food Justice and Community Activism (Atlanta, GA): $500
  • Puerto Rico Renace- Rebirth and Resilience in the Aftermath of the Storms: $500 (plus airfare)
  • The Changing Landscape: An Exploration on Gentrification and Immigration Policy Northern Virginia, Maryland and Washington DC (Must be a residential student in the Spring of 2020): $75

Summer 2020:
  • Indigenous Culture, Education, and Equity: Guatemala: $585 plus airfare

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

Omar Aziz
sail@gmu.edu


 

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
ALT Break Summer 2020 09/20/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
ALT Break Spring 2020 10/01/2019 ** 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.