GW Alternative Breaks offers 12 community service trips to both domestic and international locations. Each trip has its own unique service area, from sustainability to education to community development. The pre-trip education component allows for GW students to become informed about the community and issue area they will be working with. Most trips feature service activities during the day, and group bonding and cultural activities in the evenings. GW Alternative Breaks offers students the opportunity to be active citizens and leaders while building lasting connections with people from various communities through a mutually beneficial experience.
The mission of the GW Alternative Breaks Program is to empower and challenge all students involved to understand their relationship with the global community through direct service, education, and reflection, while encouraging personal growth, social awareness, and active citizenship. Alternative Breaks provides the opportunity for students to explore community service in local, national, and international settings, fostering a Serve, Learn, Discover mentality in a drug and alcohol-free environment.