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Our Mission, Vision, and Values

The mission of the GW Alternative Breaks Program is to empower and challenge students to understand their role as proponents of democratic citizenship in the world through direct and indirect service, service-learning, and reflection, while encouraging personal growth, social awareness, and active citizenship. Alternative Breaks provides the opportunity for students to explore community service in local, national, and international settings, fostering a Serve, Learn, Discover mentality.

Our Vision

GW Alternative Breaks seeks to inspire active citizenship, a curiosity about the world, and to ask critical questions about inequitable systems in our society, and how our values can drive us to change them.

Our Values

  • Social Justice
  • Active Citizenship
  • Intentionality
  • Inclusion
  • Collective Leadership
  • Good-naturedness
  • Mutually-Beneficial Partnerships
  • Sustainability

The Eight Components of a Quality Alternative Break

  • Strong Direct Service
  • Full Engagement
  • Diversity and Social Justice
  • Orientation
  • Education
  • Training
  • Reflection
  • Reorientation

Program for 2020 – 2021 Academic Year

We prioritize the health and safety of our community including student leaders, participants, faculty learning partners, and our community partners. In planning for the 2020 – 2021 academic year, the Alternative Breaks program has collaborated with the Office of Student Life, the Office of Risk Management, the Honey W. Nashman Center for Civic Engagement and Public Service, and the community partners with which we work on each of our service experiences. In an effort to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, all service experiences this year will take place in Washington, DC or virtually.

The program will offer at least one service experience in a fully virtual format to ensure accessibility for all students. All other service experiences will be at least 60% virtual with the possibility of limited, socially distant in-person service in the spring depending on applicable regulations. Exact community organization partners and itineraries have yet to be determined for the service experiences, but as information becomes available, this page will be updated. The issue areas for each service experience offered this academic year are as follows:

  • Border Relations and Immigration
  • Indigenous Rights and Education
  • Sustainable Agriculture and Community Development
  • Disaster Relief and Community Rebuilding
  • Community Empowerment and Systemic Racism

If you have any questions about the Alternative Breaks program or any of the service experiences, please contact altbreaks@gwu.edu.

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