Apply today to be an ABP trip leader or board member! Or propose a new trip idea for 2018-2019. Applications due 4/22! 

Mission

Through Alternative Breaks Program (ABP), a diverse group of Georgetown community members engages with issues affecting underserved communities through service, immersion, and reflection in a substance-free environment. By creating a space for sustained dialogue, ABP strives to build long-term relationships with community partners and fosters lasting commitments to social justice.

Program Overview

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. ABP provides students with opportunities for social justice immersion in communities across the United States throughout the year. Currently, the Program supports 23 trips that examine a diverse set of social justice issues ranging from poverty to prison reform.

No matter how far participants travel on Alternative Breaks, whether it may be to Detroit, New Orleans, Tucson, or to Wheeling, West Virginia, all participants travel and serve under the guidance of the same five Alternative Breaks pillars: justice immersion, cultural immersion, service, reflection, and substance-free fun.

Model

In order to achieve its mission, ABP uses five primary Best Practices:

  1. Ask Why
  2. Be Present
  3. Challenge Your Perspective
  4. Be Comfortable Being Uncomfortable
  5. Bring It Home

These practices are used throughout ABP - during pre-trip activities, the week of spring break, post-trip activities - and beyond.

Opportunities to Get Involved

Leadership Opportunities

There are many opportunities to serve in a leadership role with the Alternative Breaks Program. Opportunities exist to develop a new trip, serve as a trip leader or lead as an ABP Board member. Learn how you can deepen your engagement with ABP during your undergraduate career.

Connect to our community through social media

For more information and to join the ABP community, visit the ABP Hoyalink page and the ABP Facebook page.

Trips

Please read below to learn our Mission Statements 2017-2018!