2020-2021 Alternative Break Experiences

Think Global, Act Local 



As we adjust to new rules, protocols and considerations in this COVID-19 era, we have reworked and reconsidered our Alternative Break Experiences held through SAIL. As the future of this pandemic is uncertain and ever changing, we are moving all of our Alternative Breaks to virtual/local experiences and encouraging folks to think global and act local.

We will spend the Fall semester planning for these trips and adjusting to the needs of our community partners around these following topics. While we understand this may be disappointing to some, we hope this can help us create meaningful, purposeful and community driven experiences in our own backyard. This shift allows us to recalibrate and ensure that what we are doing will be impactful and educational as we address critical social concerns in partnership with our neighbors and surrounding communities.

We are still working through our options and details but our hope will be to host very affordable/low-cost experiences in the DMV area around the following topics: 


The Changing Landscape: An Exploration on Gentrification and Immigration Policy 

It’s Not Them but Us - Turning the Tide on HIV/AIDS: Washington, DC

System Change, Not Climate Change: The Roots of Environmental Justice

The Color of Justice: Racial Equity and Community Action in the DMV 

Art for Social Change

Note as we shift to local opportunities, we plan to continue to find ways to support our Alternative Break partners who have been impacted by this pandemic.

Please feel free to contact Patty Mathison, SAIL Director at pmathiso@gmu.edu with any questions or concerns. Participant applications will be due in January 2021. We hope you will consider joining us for what we hope will be powerful and impactful experiences.