Alternative Break

Alternative Breaks are year-long, student-led service-learning immersion programs that promote student leadership, equality, ethical volunteering, and social justice by cultivating a society of active citizens with the tools, resources, and experience to be effective leaders and allies within their local and global communities.

Student groups partner with community initiatives on a variety of social justice issues, from immigration rights to environmental protection and defense of freedom and human rights to race/gender/identity issues. Direct engagement occurs in locations across the globe and students have an opportunity to learn from community leaders ranging from New Orleans to Dominican Republic, Texas, and Laos.

If you're interested in engaging your local and global communities through service, activism, academic inquiry, and leadership, then feel free to explore these pages, contact us with questions, and apply by the posted deadlines. We look forward to you joining us in learning about social justice issues and critically reflecting on our role in the world community.

Travel Grants

If you need assistance to pay for a trip, you can apply for a travel grant.

$100 to $500 per person available! Apply online.

You may be able to use your Financial Aid to pay for a trip if you do the one credit option (SIS 386: Selected Topics in Global Social Justice).
Talk to the Alternative Break program for details.

Make an E-Payment

The payment schedule for 2017-2018 year is as follows:

WINTER PROGRAMS:

1st payment and forms:
October 20
2nd payment:
November 25
3rd payment:
December 17

Spring Programs

First Payment and forms
November 17
2nd payment
January 14, 2018
3rd payment
February 11, 2018

Summer Programs

1st payment and forms:
February 25
2nd payment:
March 25
3rd payment:
April 22

How Far Does your Interest Reach?

Alternative break applications are open NOW! Take a look at the inspiring list of programs that will be implemented this year on our current programs page.

Winter program participant applications are due September 18, 2017.
Spring program participant applications are due October 23, 2017.
Summer program participant applications are due February 2, 2018.

Explore Programs

Our Goal, Encouraging Active Citizenship

Are you an active citizen? Do you take daily action to advance social justice?
Learn more about how to take positive action or move along the continium at Active Citizen's Day, February 28, 2018 OR join an alternative break as a participant.

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Apply to an Alt Break

Apply For Alt-Break

Are you an active citizen? Do you take daily action to advance social justice?

Learn more about how to take positive action or move along the continium at Active Citizen's Day, February 28, 2018 OR join an alternative break as a participant.

Apply Here

Reflections of a Voluntourist: Spring Break in Haiti

SIS Senior and Alternative Break Student Leader Brennon Thompson offers incredible insight into our role as listeners, and the dangers of international aid. 

Read the Full Story

Contact us

For more information, feel free to contact:

Alternative Break Office | Center for Community Engagement and Service | MGC 264

Nicole Phillips, Alternative Break Graduate Assistant altbreak@american.edu (general inquiries)

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