Vision: UMD Alternative Breaks envisions a world of globally-conscious citizens who are transforming communities for good.
Purpose: The University of Maryland Alternative Breaks program engages individuals in short-term service-learning experiences that challenge social, political and economic structures of our global community. Through reflection, education and service, Alternative Breaks develops mutually beneficial community partnerships, critical thinking and leadership skills to create a socially just world.
As a part of the Adele H. Stamp Student Union-Center for Campus Life, Alternative Breaks (AB) coordinates substance-free, community service-learning trips during the university's winter, spring, and summer breaks. AB participants travel locally, nationally, and internationally in teams to engage in active service and gain new perspectives on social issues while meeting community needs and learning about and building upon community assets.
Students address social issues that include disaster relief, environmental restoration, HIV/AIDS, education, homelessness, healthcare, poverty, and immigration. AB's main goal is to educate participants about the root causes of these issues, while also making an immediate difference in the trips’ respective communities.
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