2020-2021 Service Experiences

 

All of our trips will occur during the Spring 2021 semester or Spring break 2021 which is from
March 13, 2021 - March 20, 2021.

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In accordance with the university’s decision to continue virtual learning into the Spring 2021
semester, all activities of the Alternative Breaks program including pre-service education,
fundraising, and service will take place in a completely virtual manner for the entire 2020-2021
academic year.

 

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. 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]