Alternative Breaks are year-long, student-led service-learning immersion programs that promote student leadership, equality, ethical volunteering, and social justice by cultivating a society of active citizens with the tools, resources, and experience to be effective leaders and allies within their local and global communities.
Student groups partner with community initiatives on a variety of social justice issues, from immigration rights to environmental protection and defense of freedom and human rights to race/gender/identity issues. Direct engagement occurs in locations across the globe and students have an opportunity to learn from community leaders ranging from New Orleans to Dominican Republic, Texas, and Laos.
If you're interested in engaging your local and global communities through service, activism, academic inquiry, and leadership, then feel free to explore these pages, contact us with questions, and apply by the posted deadlines. We look forward to you joining us in learning about social justice issues and critically reflecting on our role in the world community.
If you need assistance to pay for a program, you can apply for a travel grant.
Travel grant applications are reviewed for financial need level and quality of essay response. You will be notified if you receive a grant before you have to make the first payment installment to hold your spot on the program. The grant will reduce the final payment - it is not applicable to the first payment.
There are grants of $100 to $500 available. Travel grant applications open August 22nd and are due September 18 at 11:59 pm.
Our summer participants who travelled to India, Rwanda, and Texas are back!
Our participants who travelled to Tamil Nadu, India, learned about education, equity, and empowerment by working with the community partner Communities Rising. During their 3 week stay, they helped this NGO put on a summer camp for Dalit children. Thank you so much to Communities Rising for hosting AU students. Learn more about the summer camp program by clicking the link to read the newsletter!
For the 2016-2017 academic year we are pleased to offer over a dozen programs focused on a variety of social justice issues as diverse as immigration reform to race relations, post-conflict recovery, environmental justice, and statelessness.
We are also holding two info sessions where you can meet the leaders and learn more:
Info Session with Alums: Wed. Aug. 31 | SIS 300 | 6:30 - 8 pm