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Alternative Break Programs

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AY 2022-2023 Program Details

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Program/Travel Grant Applications Open Monday, September 19

  • Fall Programs Due Sunday, October 2nd

  • Winter Programs Due Sunday, October 9th

  • Spring Programs Due Sunday, October 30th 

The Alternative Break Program is a student-focused initiative that organizes international and domestic immersive learning opportunities with a social justice perspective during Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer breaks. We depend on strong student leaders to envision justice topics that they would like to illustrate and highlight for the campus community, and they are empowered to propose, develop, and implement travel programming with service-learning rooted in solidarity and justice.

Through deliberative and reflective dialogues, direct service, and meaningful education on critical global and domestic social issues, student participants will exchange, evaluate, and take action towards different ideas and approaches that challenge specific social, political, and economic structures. Direct service with community partners will demonstrate how students can turn their learning into action and activism that is community-centered, ethical, and sustainable. Participants will be prepared to engage with the community through pre-departure trainings, discussions, guest speakers, service, and other activities.

Alternative Break Programs are service-learning experiences designed to heighten participants' awareness of critical social issues, enhance their individual growth, and prepare them for lifelong social action.

*Summer TBD

 

GENERAL INFORMATION SESSION (30 MINS)

All of our general information sessions are completed, but if you missed them, no problem! Email us at altbreak@american.edu and we will send you a virtual recording of our 30-minute session. 

Or, check out the Alternative Break Information Session Powerpoint and email us at altbreak@american.edu with any questions you have!

You can also check out the program-specific information sessions by scrolling down and clicking the program information button.

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Service trip to Africa

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2022-2023 Programs

Transitioning to a Restorative Mindset: Education & Equity

Fall Program in Washington, D.C.

Examine restorative justice, critical race theory, social justice, student activism, trauma-informed education, culturally responsive education.

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Combating Xenophobia: The Impact of Resettlement

Winter Program in Cape Town, South Africa

Examine xenophobia in South Africa, a little-discussed but very pertinent national issue, and explore the intersections with historical apartheid and racism.

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Sexual and Reproductive Health, Rights, & Justice

Spring Program in Austin, TX

Examine the history of period poverty and stigma, abortion rights, contraception methods, and join current efforts to promote sexual health and reproductive rights in Texas.

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Building Positive Peace & Sustainable Communities

Spring Program in Honduras

Examine youth empowerment, community-led advocacy, access to clean water, environmental conservation, and climate justice.

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Building Bridges through Social Movements & Higher Education

Spring Program in Accra, Ghana

Examine how universities are the hub for social movements in places like the University of Accra and connect with students looking to pursue higher education in the United States.

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