GW Alternative Breaks

Alternative Breaks logo over picture of students partaking in service project

Alternative Breaks are substance-free, community service-learning trips during the university's fall, winter and spring breaks. Participants travel locally, nationally and internationally in teams of 10 - 50 to engage in active service and gain new perspectives on social issues.

Our student-led program features 11 trips that provide students the opportunity to become active citizen leaders while building lasting connections with people from various communities through a mutually-beneficial experience. Each trip has its own unique service area and pre-trip education meetings allow students to become informed about the community and issue area they will be working with.

The mission of the GW Alternative Breaks Program is to empower and challenge all students involved to understand their relationship with the global community through direct service, education and reflection while encouraging personal growth, social awareness and active citizenship.

Upcoming Trips

Fall Winter Spring

Frequently Asked Questions

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

Participants are required to attend weekly pre-trip education meetings and fundraisers prior to their trip. The number of fundraisers varies per trip.

How much do Alternative Break trips cost?

Participant costs vary per trip. The participant cost covers transportation, accommodations, meals, and cultural activities. The remainder of the trip cost is fundraised. Souvenirs and other personal costs are not included in the participant cost.

Is financial assistance available?

Yes, we offer scholarships to cover part of the participant cost. Scholarships are offered to the highest scoring applicants on an essay based application that is released during the Fall semester.


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