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The support of our friends and family has been crucial for the growth of the student-led Alternative Breaks program. Your donations directly support empowering students to do service in various locations across the United States and Latin America. Funds cover transportation, lodging, and food.

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Winter Trips

  • Refugee Resettlement in Atlanta

    Refugee Resettlement in Atlanta

    Every year, the United States provides safety and new opportunities for tens of thousands of refugees. AWB Atlanta will contribute to this effort through participation in various projects aimed at serving the refugee community and aiding their transition to America. Serving in Atlanta will not only benefit the large refugee population there, but it will also give participants a new understanding of the challenges faced by these people who come here to restart their lives.

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  • Immigration and Border Community Rights in El Paso

    Refugee Resettlement in Atlanta

    El Paso, Texas is part of a binational metropolitan area with significant shared heritage between the United States and Mexico. Through a week long border immersion program, our group will be learning first hand the intricacies of life in El Paso, life on the U.S. / Mexico border, and the depth of U.S. immigration issues. We will be working with Cristo Rey, a local ministry, and connecting with community members, advocacy groups, and policy makers. The border immersion program includes meeting with members of the Cristo Rey community, experiencing Mexican and Mexican-American culture (and some really great food!!!), planning and facilitating activities for Cristo Rey's After School Program, meeting with border patrol and much more!

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  • Youth Empowerment and Education in Los Angeles

    Youth Empowerment and Education in Los Angeles

    The Alternative Winter Break trip to Los Angeles will focus on exploring the culture of the massive and diverse city of L.A., while addressing issues unique to a community with no single ethnic majority. The trip will focus primarily on youth empowerment in Los Angeles, in particular education and gang-violence through our work with The Garage Boardshop. We will also focus on community re-integration of formerly incarcerated and previously gang-affiliated people through our partnership with Homeboy Industries and Francisco Homes. AWB LA will prompt participants to gain new perspectives on mass incarceration, prison reform, and the dynamic social makeup of LA. AWB LA will also encourage participants to draw connections between the social issues of LA and their academic and personal studies. If you are excited to learn more about some of the systemic issues that have led to mass incarceration, gang involvement, or the education gap, this trip is for you!

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  • Sustainability in Puerto Rico

    Refugee Resettlement in Atlanta

    Participants will be working on an organic farm, Plentitud Eco-Educational Initiative, to learn about sustainable farming practices, including bio-construction, permaculture, and composting. In addition to participating in local activities and working with the farm team, we hope to see up close the role of sustainability in food production, resource consumption, and waste management.

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Spring Trips

  • Native American Cultural Issues in Cherokee Nation

    Cherokee Nation - Native American Cultural Issues

    Cherokee Nation has endured countless hardships, yet maintains a strong sense of community and continues to work tirelessly for a better future. On our trip to Tahlequah, Oklahoma, we will volunteer at the Cherokee Nation Head Start program, which provides educational services to children ages 1 to 5 from low-income families. The program eases the transition from preschool and prepares the children to succeed in elementary school. This particular Head Start program incorporates the Cherokee culture and language into the daily classroom routine in order to help pass the Cherokee culture on to future generations. Our participants will also be immersed in the Cherokee culture by visiting museums about Cherokee history, taking part in cultural activities (like playing stickball and eating fry bread and some good Southern barbecue!), and learning from the Cherokee people themselves about their way of life, language, and community within the Nation.

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  • Sustainable Development in Costa Rica

    Refugee Resettlement in Atlanta

    This week-long trip will include a number of projects focused on sustainable development with the community based organization, Green Communities in Los Santos, Costa Rica. Some of the projects may include working on organic coffee farms to remove pesticides from the environment or construction throughout the community with eco-bricks. In addition to the service projects, the trip will include a variety of cultural activities, like a soccer match against the local team and a cooking lesson with the women of the community. Together, the service projects and cultural activities provide students a unique experience that exposes them to local community development and engagement.

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  • Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence in DC

    Refugee Resettlement in Atlanta

    Experience DC in a new way! ASB DC presents the unique opportunity to give back to your own community, learn about the issue areas of sexual health and domestic violence, while initiating lasting relationships with local organizations. The trip will be partnering with organizations who provide services and support to a wide range of individuals in the immediate DC area. The trip also allows participants to engage with the GW community, as they learn more about resources offered on campus, and effective ways to spread awareness about sexual assault. In addition to partnering with organizations in the immediate area, we will explore and learn more about the culture of our great city.

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  • Community Development in Ecuador

    Refugee Resettlement in Atlanta

    On our cross-cultural service learning trip to Ecuador, we'll be working with the Tandana Foundation, a non-profit organization that organizes projects based on the local community's needs. Last year's Ecuador trip helped paint a mural on the side of an elementary school in order to help increase literacy in the community. The group also taught English lessons to different grade levels. Although Tandana typically projects vary, we will be working on a similar issue meant to promote community development. While working in the highlands of Ecuador, we'll also be experiencing multi-faceted aspects of the rich indigenous culture through hikes, cooking classes, and spending time with the community we're serving alongside.

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  • Urban Restoration in New Orleans

    Refugee Resettlement in Atlanta

    For the tenth consecutive year following Hurricane Katrina, 58 members of the GW community will travel to New Orleans to work on rebuilding homes in the areas of this southern city that continue to suffer from the disaster. Over Spring Break, NOLA participants will work with Habitat for Humanity to aid in the construction and repair of homes for low-income home-owners. Additionally, ASB NOLA participants will spend a day volunteering at a KIPP (Knowledge is Power Program) school, helping students with their daily academics in this public charter school. Once each day of volunteering is completed, we will all have the opportunity to “Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler” by exploring the unique Nawlins' culture at night in the French Quarter, by conducting meaningful reflections about our service and bonding as a group, and by concluding our trip with a visit to the famous Rock 'n' Bowl with live jazz bowling rink.

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  • Urban Sustainability in Philadelphia

    Philadelphia - Urban Sustainability

    Improving sustainability and preventing the depletion of our resources are important trials our world faces today. In an urban environment, sustainability poses especially unique challenges. This service-learning trip to Philadelphia will involve working with community partners who face these challenges head on. Participants will learn about the intersections of topic areas, including environmental protection and access to community resources. Not only will participants learn about a broad range of issue areas, but through reflection and exploration of Philadelphia they will discover ways to bring urban sustainability into their own cities.

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