Alternative Breaks Program FAQs

  • Scholarships
    • Financial assistance is available and you are STRONGLY encouraged to apply! You are not automatically considered for a scholarship, you must complete the scholarship application. The scholarship application will only be reviewed by CSJ staff and staff at the Office of Student Financial Services. Please email CSJ Assistant Director for Immersion Programs, Kyra Hanlon, with any questions.
    • In 2019, 100% of students who requested financial assistance received financial assistance. We hope to continue that this year!
  • What does “Fundraising Required?” mean?
    • Fundraising is required for JUHAN Oaxaca, Magis Cuba, Magis Dominican Republic, Magis Kino Border Immersion, and Magis Peru.
  • What is required for fundraising?
    • Participate in group fundraising efforts: 
    • Participate in individual fundraising efforts:
      •    Personalized fundraising plan 
      • + Scholarships from CSJ
      • + Letters to friends, family, and organizations
      • + Your creative ideas
      • + Budgeting
      • = $750/person
    • Total = $1,000/ person
  • Who can I contact to discuss partnering with ABP?
  • What immersions require a passport? 
    • All global immersions require a passport for safe travel: JUHAN Oaxaca, Magis Cuba, Magis Dominican Republic, Magis Kino Border Immersion, and Magis Peru. You are responsible for paying the cost of your passport. Please contact CSJ Assistant Director for Immersion Programs, Kyra Hanlon, if you would like to discuss financial options.
    • Some global travel may require a visa, depending on your passport. You will receive immersion-specific visa information after your acceptance. As visas may be required for the specific purpose of your ABP-related travel, ABP will cover any visa expenses.
  • My best friend is in the city we are going to! Can I take an afternoon or evening off to visit them?
    • All participants will remain with their immersion throughout the entirety of the immersion experience — all immersions start and end on campus, and solo travel is not permitted. We strongly believe in our ABPillar of “community building” and expect participants to uphold this pillar by committing to meeting with all community partners and building community with fellow participants.
  • I am applying for an immersion in DC. Will we be staying on campus?
    • All of our immersions, including lodging, take place off campus. So you will have the opportunity to explore a different part of DC! 
  • What do I need to bring?
    • You will receive a packing list when you’re accepted to an immersion that includes all necessary items.
  • I didn’t see the immersion I was looking for…
  • I am interested in applying to be an immersion leader or to be on the ABP Board. How can I receive updates about the application process?
    • Sign up here for updates! We’ll release the application in mid-February.