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  • Locations: Alternative Break, United States
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Dates / Deadlines
Program Description:

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. 

We are actively planning for Alternative Break Experiences over both Spring Break (March 12-19) and Summer Break (May 21-31).
We offer six 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. 


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 compensation/speaker fees and any fundraising but currently we estimate the trip costs to range from $300-$1200 depending on the trip. Trip Costs cover transportation (not including flights), lodging, food and community partner fees.

Spring 2022:
  • The Changing Landscape: An Exploration on Gentrification and Immigration Policy 
  • The Color of Justice: Mass Incarceration & Environmental Justice in Camden, NJ
  • Ecosystem Restoration: Stuart, Florida
  • Unlocking the Dream: Food Justice and Community Activism in Atlanta, GA
Summer 2022
  • Indigenous Culture, Education, and Equity: Guatemala
  • It’s Not Them but Us - Turning the Tide on HIV and AIDS: Washington, DC and Amsterdam (Hybrid Option)

Credit Option

It is not required but you can earn course credit by taking INTS 294: Alternative Breaks in the Spring 2022. To sign up for this course, please contact Patty Mathison at sail@gmu.edu   

Contact Information

SAIL Director

Patty Mathison
sail@gmu.edu 


 

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2022 03/10/2022 ** 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.