2020-2021 Service Experiences


All trips will occur over Spring break 2021 which is from March 13, 2021 - March 20, 2021.

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We prioritize the health and safety of our community including student leaders, participants, faculty learning partners, and our community partners. In planning for the 2020-2021 academic year, the Alternative Breaks program has collaborated with the Office of Student Life, the Office of Risk Management, the Honey W. Nashman Center for Civic Engagement and Public Service, and the community partners with which we work on each of our service experiences. In an effort to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, all service experiences this year will take place in Washington, DC or virtually. 

The following are the issue areas and descriptions of each of the service experiences this academic year:

Border Relations and Immigration

Our service will be spread out over several weekdays/weekends (based on participant availability) during the Spring 2021 semester, as well as, several days during Spring break. We will discuss and learn about topics such as: push and pull factors for people from Latin America to come to the US (NAFTA, foreign policy), immigrant integration into the US (difficulties of it).

Community Empowerment and Systemic Racism

The significant portion of service will occur during spring break - This experience will provide participants with a comprehensive analysis of systemic racism by engaging critically with various institutions. By listening, connecting, and learning from individuals and organizations involved in combating institutional racism, participants will gain the knowledge and skills to empower communities at home and D.C.

Disaster Relief and Sustainability

Service will spread throughout the spring semester - In this service project we will spend time learning primarily about sustainability and how it is used in different facets of daily life. One unique way we will look at it is through the lens of coffee farming in Costa Rica. Additionally, we will look to see how natural disasters affect these sustainability measures and how living a more sustainable life can work to mitigate these large scale environmental changes.

Indigenous Rights and Education

The significant portion of service will occur during spring break - This is a hybrid virtual and in-person, health precautions yielding, service experience that focuses on indigenous rights and education. We will focus on the rights of indigenous populations across the United States more generally, the indigenous groups that live in the DC, Maryland, and Virginia area, and advocacy for indigenous rights, access, and educational opportunities.

If you have any questions about the Alternative Breaks program or any of the service experiences, please contact [email protected]