Alternative Breaks

photo of JHU student interviewing Baltimore citizen during alternative breaks

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We realize that your college life consists of studying, studying, and more studying. Naturally, you need some downtime to catch up on your breath. 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, and need-based financial aid is available.

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

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

Have questions? Contact volunteer@jhu.edu.

Alternative Break Trips: TBD

The Center for Social Concern is not currently offering alternative spring break trips due to public health concerns. Please follow the CSC social media or contact us at volunteer@jhu.edu to learn more about what may be offered in the future.