Contact Alternative Breaks

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


About AW

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Alternative Weekends provide shorter immersion opportunities where students can connect with social issues and community partners in our region. Whether you are just wanting to start your involvement with service-learning or if you have lots of previous experience, Alternative Weekends is for you!

Summer 2017 Sessions
Friday, June 23 - Sunday, June 25 -- Alternative Weekend #1
Friday, July 21 - Sunday, July 23 -- Alternative Weekend #2

Registration will open in May.


AW Leadership Opportunities

Become a part of the Alternative Weekends (AW) team! You can apply for two distinct leadership opportunities with AW!

AW Site Leader:

Site Leaders (SLs) implement the AW experience during two weekends in the summer alongside a co-leader. SLs prepare participants for their AW, lead reflection, and help participants make meaning of their experience. Learn more and apply by clicking the link below!


  • Full participation in program activities and events (Both AW Sessions, 2 SL Trainings, AW Participant Pre-trip Meeting, and AW Send-Off)
  • Develop and co-lead pre-trip/educational meetings (at least 1 before AW departure)
  • Coordinate all logistical aspects of AW experience with help of AW Student Coordinators (StuCos) (i.e. food, travel, appropriate paperwork, training, education, etc.)
  • Create and co-lead consistent, connected, challenging reflection activities and conversations with AW participants during the trip
  • Manage communication with participants, AW program staff, and community partners - including CCing StuCos and Staff members on all correspondence
  • Timely submission of pre-trip planning/post-trip debrief documents
Applications closed.


AW Student Coordinator:

Student Coordinators (StuCos) work directly with LCSL staff to manage the AW program and further the mission of Alternative Breaks. StuCos plan and facilitate Site Leader trainings and pre-trip meetings, manage team rosters, and serve as a resource for AW Site Leaders, participants, and community partners. If you are looking for a significant leadership experience that allows you to further others' active citizenship, the AW StuCo position is for you! Check out qualifications, find more information, and apply below! 

Applications closed.


 Claggett Farms 

Participants will contribute to a healthy environment and lifestyles by learning about sustainable, community-based agriculture. At Claggett Farms in Upper Marlboro, participants will serve with staff and community members at a tree nursery and harvest vegetables to distribute at no cost to low-income families in the area.

 Racial Reconciliation in Baltimore

Dive into the social construct of race and its impact on communities such as Baltimore. Hear from and serve alongside neighborhood leaders who are challenging misconceptions of this city, fostering understanding across division, and engaging in effective advocacy.

 Chesapeake Bay

The Chesapeake Watershed is a valuable resource to our region. Participants will work with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation to help restore, protect and rebuild the watershed through native plantings and re-introduction of oysters.