Alternative Break Participant Application
An alternative break is an experience in which students travel to engage in direct-service. 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.
As we adjust to new rules, protocols and considerations in this COVID-19 era, we have reworked and reconsidered our Alternative Break Experiences held through SAIL. As the future of this pandemic is uncertain and ever changing, we are moving all of our Alternative Breaks to virtual/local experiences and encouraging folks to think global and act local. These experiences will be held the week of May 11th-14th.
We offer four experiences focused on social justice issues as diverse as indigenous rights, food and housing insecurity, public health, mass incarceration and more. Please visit http://alternativebreak.gmu.edu/ to learn more about our programs.
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.
Trip costs are subject to change based on community partner compensation/speaker fees and any fundraising but currently we estimate the trip costs to be $75. In the event, that we are able to be in person, you may be responsible for funding your lodging for the week.
Spring Break 2021:
- The Changing Landscape: An Exploration on Gentrification and Immigration Policy
- It’s Not Them but Us - Turning the Tide on HIV/AIDS: Washington, DC
- The Color of Justice: Racial Equity and Community Action in the DMV
- Art for Social Change
For the Spring/Summer 2021 Alternative Break Experience, unfortunately there is no credit option this year.