Contact Alternative Breaks

1110 Adele H. Stamp Student Union
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742


301-314-5323
alternativebreaks@umd.edu

Withdrawl from Program

To officially drop from a trip, participants must notify alternativebreaks@umd.edu . The student is considered no longer a part of a team once they have received an e-mail reply from the AB office.

If a participant drops after paying the $75 deposit and/or receiving external donations, these funds are non-refundable. Since donations are specifically given for the purposes of participation in AB and are tax-deductible as allowed by law, they cannot be refunded. However, if illness or a family emergency occurs, a participant may submit a Payment Appeal Form to request a partial refund of other fees already paid personally by the student.

The AB office will seek to fill the emptied space on the team from the alternate list and/or ask the student who dropped to attempt to find a replacement. If the deposit was paid and a replacement is not found the dropping student will be responsible for any expenses already incurred on their behalf (i.e. lodging, transportation).

Substance Free

The AB program recognizes that drug use and alcohol abuse are a contradiction to its understanding of community, and that the use of illegal drugs and alcohol abuse may impair work performance and judgment, endanger colleagues, and cause physical damage. It is the policy of the University of Maryland Alternative Breaks program that all participants, leaders, and advisors will adopt a substance-free identity during the AB experience and refrain from consuming or procuring any alcohol or drug substances. Violation of this policy will result in termination from the program.

The AB staff reserves the right to terminate an individual’s participation in the program due to policy violations or behavior deemed unsafe to a participant or to the group. Behavior deemed to be so disruptive that it threatens individual or group ability to successfully achieve the goals of the program will also result in termination from the program. If terminated from the program, the participant will be required to return home immediately and bear the full financial responsibility for doing so. Termination may be appealed through the Stamp Student Union – Leadership & Community Service-Learning.

Payments & Refunds

Donations are absolutely non-refundable to external (non-student) donors as they are specifically given for the purposes of participation in AB and are tax-deductible as allowed by law. In extenuating circumstances, a participant may submit a Payment Appeal Form to request a partial refund of other fees already paid personally by the student.

If a participant fundraises more than their required amount for their trip or drops after having received donations, the funds raised will be equally distributed to the other participants attending that trip.

If a student received a scholarship and drops from the AB experience, they are not eligible to transfer/receive the scholarship support for any other purpose.
Any unpaid balances will be charged to students’ UMD accounts by the AB office. Any charges will show up as "CSL Charge" on the participant’s student account.

If additional time or accommodations are needed to cover your trip fees, please contact us. Special allowances can be made for those who desire a payment schedule and make arrangements with AB staff.