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1 Eight Components of a Quality Alternative Break Strong Direct Service Education Effective education provides facts and opinions from Programs provide an opportunity for participants to engage in direct or “hands on” projects and activities all perspectives on the issue, including ways that participants’ personal life choices are connected to that address unmet social needs, as determined the social issue. by the community. Community interaction during service projects and throughout the week is highly Training encouraged. Participants are provided with adequate training in skills necessary to carry out tasks and projects during Alcohol and Drug-Free Issues of community impact, legality, liability, the trip. Ideally this training will take place prior to departure, although in some instances it may occur personal safety, and group cohesion are of concern once participants have reached their site. Examples of when alcohol and other drugs are consumed on an training include teaching basic construction, learning alternative break. Programs will provide education how to work with children, or gaining first aid skills. and training on alcohol and other drug related issues, in addition to developing and communicating a Reflection written policy on how these issues will be dealt with on an alternative break. During the trip, participants are encouraged to reflect upon the experience they are having, synthesizing the direct service, education, and community interaction Diversity and Social Justice Alternative break programs include participants components. Time is set aside for this to take place both individually and as a group. representing the range of students present in the campus community. Coordinators recruit for, design, Reorientation implement, and evaluate their program with this end Upon return to campus, participants transfer the in mind. Strong programs engage participants in dialogue that furthers understanding of how systems lessons learned on break by identifying local of power, privilege, and oppression relate to social organizations for continued education or service, sharing their experience to raise awareness of social issues present within communities. This deepened awareness enables students to do more responsible, issues, and by organizing or joining other small groups to take action on local issues through direct sustainable, and impactful service work. service, advocacy, and/or philanthropy. Orientation Prior to departure, participants are oriented to the mission and vision of the community, community partner, or organization(s) with which they will be working. www.alternativebreaks.o r g

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