GW Alternative Breaks

Alternative Breaks logo over picture of students partaking in service project

We're currently accepting applications for Participant, Trip Leader, and Executive Board positions!

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Alternative Breaks are community service-learning experiences for GW students typically during the university's fall, winter, and spring breaks. Our programming aims to support community partners and students through mutually-beneficial service-learning programming, building the skills and experiences to make meaningful change through active citizenship.


For the 2022-2023 year, GW Alternative Breaks plans to host in-person service learning trips during the Spring 2023 Spring Break week only. Planning will continue to evolve in response to COVID-19 protocols shared from GW and our community partners. 


As we return to campus and after a virtual year of service experiences, GW Alternative Breaks calls students who hope to engage enthusiastically in their active citizenship journey through service. Trip participant applications for Spring 2023 trips will open in the fall. Be sure to follow us on Instagram @gwaltbreaks to stay updated with our latest news and events!


Frequently Asked Questions

What is the weekly time commitment required for Alternative Breaks participants?

Participants are required to attend educational meetings every other week in the fall and weekly educational meetings during the spring. Participants are also expected to participate in program-wide Alternative Breaks fundraising efforts and program-wide days of service before and after their service experience over spring break. The weekly time commitment for participants is 3-5 hours on average per week. 

How much do Alternative Break trips cost?

There are no participant fees for the 2020-2021 academic year. All service experiences are free for participants!


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