Alternative Break Leader Application Due

Saturday, August 15, 2020 5:00 PM

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

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

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

Art as Social Action/Indigenous Culture 


COVID-19 has highlighted the inequity, challenges and needs for folks across the world. We plan to dig deeper into the social issues to learn more about how we might be able to identify and recognize the root causes in our own community. We will plan for these experiences with safety at the forefront and make a more informed decision towards the end of the Fall semester as to whether some of these experiences can or will be partially or fully in person.


Alternative Break Leaders Needed – Apply Today!  

We are currently hiring paid Alternative Break Leaders and hope you will share this with others or consider applying to be an Alternative Break Leader. Please visit the Alternative Break Leader Position Description to learn more about what this entails. The application will be due August 15th. We hope you will consider applying today to help us to create these impactful trip experiences. As you’ll see from the descriptions of the trips, there is a lot of information still in flux. Our goal is to take time during the class to focus on planning for these experiences so that your time working outside of class on this will be minimal.


The application is open and you can apply here:


Please let us know at if you have any questions or concerns. We hope you will consider applying and being a part of this reimagining for Alternative Breaks!