About Alternative Breaks
The Alternative Breaks (AB) Program integrates leadership and community service opportunities through intensive multi-day national and international service experiences over University class breaks. The powerful learning and serving experiences make a difference in the lives of students and in the communities in which they serve. AB sends hundreds of students each year on service-learning experiences to address some of the most pressing social, political and environmental issues of our time.
AB students make practical applications of what they learn in academic disciplines while developing and participating in the experiences, and learning about the root causes of the issues. Many alumni of AB go on to work in nonprofit and/or social sectors, seeking opportunities in which they can engage in meaningful community work.
About The Scholarship
The Scholarship shall provide funding for students who need financial assistance in order to participate in a week long, service learning experience during the University's Spring Break.

We strongly believe that transformative learning occurs both, in and out of the classroom…..in fact, the world is one big classroom. Stepping outside familiar boundaries, opens up a whole new vista…of people, communities and cultural enrichment. Travel through the Alternative Breaks Program, offers our students the opportunity to make a difference through guided initiatives. Students develop a wider view and appreciate the communities they serve. We are ardent supporters of the AlternativeBreaks Program and serve on the Alternative Breaks Scholarship Committee to support our deserving Terps in their quest to become outstanding local and global citizens and leaders!

-- Nina and Bakul Chibber ('95, Smith School of Business), proud parents of Tarah ('15, Smith School of Business)

"At this point I can truly say that this has been one of the most amazing opportunities I have ever had in my life and it has been an honor to do community service with the people around me. The craziest thing is that I have been working with individuals I already knew but it wasn't until this experience that I really got to know them."
– Neel Mistry, 2014 AWB Bahamas participant

"Of all the activities I’m involved in, this one was by far my favorite. Being surrounded by motivated social justice-oriented, thoughtful and supportive people was such a privilege. This is what college is about—finding your passions and finding other people who have also found their passion. Put those together and you get one unforgettable year. Thank you AB."
– Ann Marie Huisentruit, 2014 AB Experience Leader

"I think the greatest part was driving through the park and seeing the other projects completed by my classmates over the last few years. Clearing the trail ourselves was great but understanding how our project added to our university’s legacy made the trip more meaningful."
– Alex Winter, 2013 AWB Bahamas Participant

"I’m usually so absorbed in day to day pressures and tasks that I don’t get to really live. Here, in AB, I’ve been able to distance myself and live how I’ve always wanted."
– 2015 ASB Participant

"In the spirit of discussion, we continued to talk about our experiences in Haiti and how we’ve grown individually over the past two weeks. Each of us talked about a personal goal we’d set for ourselves and how we met it. Many of us stepped out of our comfort zones, reached a new level of mentality and clarity and found ourselves at home in a place that was foreign to us just two weeks ago."
– Kristina Mondesir, 2015 AWB Haiti Participant

"AB truly impact my life as an undergrad, then as a grad student, and now as a new professional. It challenged my beliefs as well as my leadership abilities and encouraged me to grow in ways I never knew were possible."
– UMD and AB Alumnus

"Having actively participated in AB during undergrad has honestly played a part in every decision I have made about my life since. From applying to AmeriCorps, to working in health policy, to providing medical care in Peru and finally to pursuing my master's in social work, my AB experiences have contributed to each and every endeavor."
– UMD and AB Alumnus

"I can't thank AB enough for helping change my global and local perspective on community issues and continue to believe that AB is truly the experience that lasts a lifetime!"
– UMD and AB Alumnus

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