ABP is committed to creating an inclusive program that is accessible to students of all backgrounds. There are significant scholarship opportunities available to Hoyas!
The Alternative Breaks Program (ABP) brings together Georgetown community members in order to foster intersectional solidarity and inspire lasting commitments to service and social justice. ABP trips engage with diverse and vibrant communities through direct service, immersion, and reflection in a substance-free environment. By creating a space for sustained dialogue and action, ABP strives to build long-term relationships with community partners and bring the experience home.
The ABP traces its rich history back to 1975, when a group of Georgetown students elected to spend their spring break in Appalachia. Since its founding, Alternative Breaks has expanded to connect Georgetown students, faculty, and staff to over fifty different domestic and international communities. Currently, the Program supports 18 immersion experiences that examine a diverse set of intersecting social justice issues ranging from poverty to prison reform.
Each immersion experience consists of three phases:
- Pre-trip: context and education
- Trip: Immersion on site during the Alternative Break, meeting with community partners; experience and reflection
- Post-trip: reflection, action, and evaluation
In order to achieve its mission, ABP has five ABPillars:
- Justice immersion
- Community building
- Substance-free fun
And five primary Best Practices:
- Ask Why
- Be Present
- Challenge Your Perspective
- Be Comfortable Being Uncomfortable
- Bring It Home
These practices are used throughout ABP - during pre-trip activities, the week of spring break, post-trip activities - and beyond.
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Trip Location:Washington, D.C.
Trip Dates: Spring Break
Trip Fees: $320
Worker Justice D.C. aims to explore the intersection of working-class identity, a changing economy, and global labor in the context of Washington, D.C. By taking a lens focused on US immigration, the emergence of the gig economy, emotional labor, and other uncompensated and unrecognized labor, we will begin to understand the issues that impact workers in DC. How does this lens affect the way we address access to housing and transportation, lack of dignified working conditions, unfair wages, prison labor, and discriminatory immigration and policing policies? We will then ask ourselves how workers, unions, community organizers, policy makers, and government organizations actively respond to these challenges in order to address inequality and oppression in the District. As we interact with the physical and social geography of the District, we will seek to understand the role that different identities play in workers' workplaces and lives, as well as in their struggles for liberation. During the program we will reflect on our own identities, how we have come to form our perspectives on labor, our place in the global labor system, and how to organize in solidarity with workers locally and around the world. Students will leave the program with the tools to engage with labor justice both on and off campus, and a better understanding of how workers navigate the challenges of a capitalist system that values profits over the dignity of workers.