Alternative Breaks

Alt Breaks Detroit
Change the World. Be Alternative.

About Alternative Breaks

DARE TO BE ALTERNATIVE…and imagine spending your winter or spring break seeing a part of the country or world you’ve never seen before, with your peers here at GW. The GW Alternative Breaks program offers 7 winter break trips and 12 spring break trips to both domestic and international locations. Each trip has its own unique service area, from sustainability to education to labor rights. The pre-trip education component allows for GW students to delve into the situation they’ll find themselves in once they’re in the field doing service. Most trips feature service activities during the day, and bonding and exploring the area in the evenings. GW Alt Breaks trips offer GW students the opportunity to be global citizens and leaders while building lasting friendships with people from all over the GW community.

In just a week on an Alternative Breaks trip, you can make an impact in another community and meet a cohort of really genuine, dedicated students at GW. If you are a prospective participant, we encourage you to look through information for each trip to learn more about the program. If you are a friend of the program we hope that you become inspired by the stories of the impact that this experience has both on our student participants and on communities around the world.  We hope that you’ll find a way to support this incredible, student-run initiative at GW.

Apply to Join an Alternative Break

Applications for winter and spring Alternative Break trips 2013-2014 are currently closed. Look out for 2014-2015 applications!

E-mail us at with any questions. For more information, visit the Alternative Breaks WordPress site!

Applications for 2015-2016 will open on Saturday, September 12th, 2015. More information coming soon!

Go Alternative!

Hear from past Alternative Breaks participants, and learn why their program means so much to them.

Keep In Touch

We offer over a dozen international and domestic trips each year! Keep up with our activities by liking our Facebook page, and following us @GWAltBreaks on Twitter. Also, email us at with any questions.