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Who We Are

Do You Envision The Same Future We Do?

Welcome to the Alternative Breaks Program

Help Advance our Vision: The University of Maryland Alternative Breaks program looks to build a world in which UMD students are empowered learners in community together, taking action toward just causes.

Understand our Why: The University of Maryland Alternative Breaks program was founded on the belief that our responsibility is to engage students in experiential and community-based learning to foster socially responsible leadership in order to help students be successful in their personal, professional, and civic lives after college.

What Can We Offer? The University of Maryland Alternative Breaks program offers a number of signature programs including: Alternative Break Dialogues, Alternative Winter Breaks, Alternative Weekends, Alternative Spring Breaks, Alternative Summer Breaks, and Activation April. Recognize your inner leader in these signature programs through a number of roles: Student Participant, Student Peer Leader, and Student Intern.

What Makes Us Different?: The University of Maryland Alternative Breaks program engages students in short-term service-learning immersion experiences that address social issues in local, national, and international communities. Alongside our long-term mutually beneficial community partnerships, students develop as socially responsible leaders through direct service and action, education and reflection.

Being on this trip reinforced my perspectives on countering corruption and the importance of speaking up when I feel something is wrong. I plan to continue my involvement by holding others and myself accountable when faced with actions that don't align with integrity and environmental conservation.

AWB New Orleans Participant
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