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Join us for the Spring 2022 Alternative Spring Breaks Program!

Program Details:

  • Alternative Spring Break Experiences looks to build a world in which UMD students are empowered citizens in community together, taking action toward just causes.
  • Through deliberative and reflective dialogues, direct service, and meaningful education which address global social issues, student participants will exchange, evaluate, and take action towards different ideas and approaches that challenge specific social, political and economic structures of our global community. 
  • Direct service with community partners will demonstrate how students can turn their knowledge into action in safe, responsible, and sustainable ways.
  • Interested students must be willing to commit their Spring Breaks, from Saturday, March 19, 2022 to Saturday, March 26, 2022
  • The experience is in-person, and costs vary depending on the experience each participant is placed in.
  • Program cost is all inclusive of lodging, meals, transportation, and education activities.

Who should participate?:

  • Any student that wants to explore community development, civic engagement, local issues, leadership, and service.
  • Undergraduate and graduate students interested in exploring social issues that include environmental conservations, education, socioeconomic inequality, healthcare, and more. 

How will you benefit from participating?:

  • Connect with a community of peers from across campus and create new friendships. 
  • Develop and practice personal and group leadership skills such as active listening, reflection, critical thinking, communication, as well as civic engagement through in-person service.
  • Learn how to effectively engage in constructive dialogue.

What should I expect?

  • Active engagement in personal reflection, listening, small group dialogue, and small group activities.
  • Thought-provoking questions and dialogue around social issues.
  • Making connections between social issues and your academic, personal, professional, or civic life.
  • Engaging in direct service alongside community partners. 
  • Participating in meaningful reflections to understand the impacts of community service on social justice.
  • Identifying at least one action step to take towards a social issue you are passionate about.

Application Information:

  • Visit alternativebreaks.umd.edu to sign up starting Friday, December 3rd, 2021.
  • The deadline to apply is Tuesday, February 15th, 2022


For more information or questions, visit alternativebreaks.umd.edu or contact us at alternativebreaks@umd.edu

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Join us for the Spring 2022 Alternative Breaks Dialogue Program!

Staff/Faculty Advisors are an integral part of the AB program. Student Experience Leaders coordinate the logistics for the experience, facilitate team activities and reflections and serve as the main contact for community partners. Staff/Faculty Advisors serve as a learning partner for the student team and as an advisor for Experience Leaders by providing support, guidance and resources throughout planning, educational and experiential activities before, during and after the immersion experience. 

It is important for Staff/Faculty Advisors and Experience Leaders to proactively discuss expectations they have for each other and specific tasks to be distributed. In general however, all Staff/Faculty Advisors will be expected to:

Responsibilities

Before the Experience

  • Meet with Experience Leaders on a regular basis to discuss experience-planning processes and provide guidance and assistance where needed. (Meet with the Experience Leader twice a month in person & have virtual check-ins (over email, gchat, zoom) at least weekly with Experience Leaders)
  • Advise Experience Leaders in the experience-planning process (including budget, fundraising, community partners, logistics, issue education, and social justice education) 
  • Assist your team in fundraising efforts to offset the cost of the experience for participants
  • Attend team meetings & service activities as available; assist team leaders in setting meeting agendas & objectives
  • Attend all Staff/Faculty Advisor trainings (dates listed below)
  • Maintain regular communication with AB Staff providing updates and insight into progress
  • Attend the AB Kickoff

During the Experience

  • Attend the entire immersion experience (including travel to/from site) with the team
  • Create deep meaningful dialogue, inquiry and critical thinking contributing to students’ transformative learning
  • Serve as a resource for the Experience Leaders concerning group dynamics and logistics as needed
  • Encourage and support Experience Leaders as the primary guides, facilitators and leaders of your AB experience
  • Manage money for food, gas, and other expenses (obtained from university working funds)
  • Take appropriate actions in case of an emergency on the experience
  • Participate in all service and reflection experiences during the experience

After the Experience

  • Turn in all expense reports and receipts
  • Complete Advisor Assessment 
  • Participate in post-experience team activities & service
  • Participate in the AB Reunion

Benefits

  • Opportunity for personal development through participation in an extended service-learning experience
  • Opportunity for professional development through advising interactions with a small group of students from a variety of college departments and interest areas across campus
  • Staff/Faculty Advisors’ experience expenses (including transportation, lodging, and food) are covered in full **(International AB Advisors will be responsible for cost ($23-$30) of the university required insurance)
  • Opportunity to share personal expertise or research interests with a group of students in a real-life setting

Application Process

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Join us for the Fall 2021 Alternative Breaks Dialogue Program!

Program Details:

  • The Alternative Breaks Dialogue Program looks to build a world in which UMD students are empowered learners in community together, taking action toward just causes.
  • The Alternative Breaks Dialogue Program looks to build a world in which UMD students are empowered learners in community together, taking action toward just causes.
  • Through deliberative and reflective dialogues addressing global social issues, student participants will exchange and evaluate different ideas and approaches that challenge specific social, political and economic structures of our global community. 
  • Direct service with a local community partner will demonstrate how students can turn their knowledge into action in safe, responsible, and sustainable ways.
  • Interested students must be willing to commit 1.5 hours/week for 5 weeks between Sunday, October 10, 2021 - Saturday, November 13, 2021
  • The experience is free and in-person.

Who should participate?:

  • Any student that wants to explore community development, civic engagement, local issues, leadership, and service.
  • Undergraduate and graduate students interested in exploring social issues that include environmental conservations, education, socioeconomic inequality, healthcare, and more.

How will you benefit from participating?:

  • Connect with a community of peers from across campus  and create new friendships. 
  • Develop and practice personal and group leadership skills such as active listening, reflection, critical thinking, and communication. 
  • Learn how to effectively engage in constructive dialogue.

What should I expect?

  • Active engagement in personal reflection, listening, small group dialogue, and small group activities.
  • Thought-provoking questions and dialogue around social issues.
  • Making connections between social issues and your academic, personal, professional, or civic life.
  • Engaging in direct service alongside a local community partner. 
  • Identifying at least one action step to take towards a social issue you are passionate about.

When are the dialogues and what are the social issues?

  • Mondays | 5:30-6:30pm | Environmental Justice
  • Mondays | 6:30-7:30pm | Socioeconomic Status (SES)
  • Tuesdays | 4:30-5:30pm | Education
  • Tuesdays | 5:00-6:00pm | Socioeconomic Status (SES)
  • Tuesdays | 6:30-7:30pm | Food Insecurity
  • Wednesdays | 6:00-7:00pm | Environmental Justice
  • Thursdays | 6:00-7:00pm | Ability
  • Fridays | 11:30am-12:30pm | Health and Wellness
  • Fridays | 2:00-3:00pm | Environmental Justice

Application Information:

  • Visit alternativebreaks.umd.edu to sign up starting Monday, August 2nd, 2021.
  • The deadline to apply is Sunday, September 26, 2021.

For more information or questions, visit Alternativebreaks.umd.edu/ or contact us at alternativebreaks@umd.edu

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