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It's Your Break, Change The World

From summer, to spring, to winter, Alternative Breaks can create positive change in local communities!

Alternative Breaks bring AU to the world and the world to AU. Offered during summer, spring, and winter breaks, these student-led immersion programs provide hands-on experience in social justice issues, as student groups partner with community initiatives in locations across the globe and learn from community leaders ranging from Liberia and Nepal to Alabama, San Francisco and Guatemala.

Past trips have included youth empowerment in South Africa, refugee rights in Israel, marginalized communities living with HIV in Washington, DC, and more. Student leaders facilitate the experience from beginning to end under the guidance of a staff or faculty member, making Alternative Breaks unique opportunities for students in a world classroom.

If you’re interested in engaging the global community 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.

Alternative Break 2014-2015 Winter, Spring and Summer trips - click here to learn about each trip!

Become a Leader!

Alternative Breaks Student Leaders

AU students get involved with social justice movements around the world.

Email Alternative Breaks to learn how to be a trip leader.
2015-2016 Leader RFP Proposals Due: 5/15/15
Full Detailed Leader Proposals Due: 6/29/15
Summer 2015 RFPs Due: 6/29/15

Learn how to become a leader


Travel Grants

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

Travel grant applications are reviewed for financial need level and quality of essay response. You will be notified if you receive a grant before you have to make the first payment installment to hold your spot on the program. The grant will reduce the final amount of the trip - it is not applicable to the first payment.

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

Some students, depending on their individual aid packages, may be able to use their Financial Aid to pay for the program if they do the one credit option (SIS 386: Selected Topics in Global Social Justice).

Contact the Alternative Break program for details.

Contact Information

Shoshanna Sumka

Assistant Director, Global Learning and Leadership
Center for Community Engagement & Service
273 Mary Graydon Center
Phone: 202-885-2684
Email: sumka@american.edu

Important Information: Read Before Traveling

CCES - Alt Break Disclaimer

Alternative Breaks are challenging! Please read the following information to learn more about challenges for all trips and those specifically for international trips.

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