Alternative Breaks

photo of JHU student interviewing Baltimore citizen during alternative breaks

Intersession Registration: December 4th

Breaking in Baltimore winter intersession courses open soon. Earn 2 credits. Learn more!

The Alternative Breaks program is designed to give Hopkins students the opportunity to learn about a social justice issues in a unique and meaningful way. Alternative Breaks are week-long immersive programs that combine classroom instruction, direct service with community organizations, and various educational sessions (e.g. guest speaker discussions, documentary screenings, or other meaningful experiences).

During each trip, participants will go on site visits with local nonprofit and government agencies and end every day with interactive group reflection sessions. In the evenings, social activities are offered so that participants can meet each other, share experiences, and have fun! Continue reading below to learn more about our Alternative Breaks trips and how to get involved.

picture of Karen Chen 2018 Alt BreaksOverall, this alternative break was extremely educational. I gained a broader view of educational issues and a more nuanced understanding of the ways that factors such as poverty, cultural differences, and the influence of charter schools affect student outcomes. Because of this class, I hope to approach community engagement and service in a more thoughtful way as I continue to volunteer in Hopkins student groups, especially in situations where I work directly with children.

-Karen Chen ’20

Get Involved

We realize that your college life consists of studying, studying, and more studying. Naturally, you need some down time to catch up on sleep, life, and relaxation. However, why not consider spending some of your break meeting some new friends in a unique, rewarding, and meaningful way? Rather than being stressful, Alternative Breaks are designed to be relaxing and fun. This is also an affordable option! Lodging, transportation, and meals are included in the program fee for each trip and substantial need-based financial aid is available.

Have questions? Contact Caroline Ouwerkerk, Assistant Director.

Alternative Breaks Trips: March 2019

More information coming soon.