Alternative Break Trips
Travel. Volunteer. Learn. Enjoy!

Participate with other Jewish Terps on a Maryland Hillel Alternative Break trip! See below to learn more about each experience. Note: Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.

Through Maryland Hillel’s extensive Alternative Break program, you have the opportunity to travel to a domestic or international location, immerse yourself in the community, learn about and actively combat social issues, and have fun. An Alternative Break experience will inspire you to understand your role in the world and ability to make change. After reviewing the trip descriptions, complete an application.

2017-2018 Trips


  • Dates: January 8-17
  • Student Leaders: Akiva Gebler and Noa Dar
  • Food: Vegetarian and Kosher-by-ingredient food will be available
  • Cost: $850 + flight

This January, we’re traveling to Guatemala to partner with Long Way Home, a non-profit that uses sustainable design and materials to construct self-sufficient schools that promote education, employment, and environmental stewardship. The group will help with construction projects, interact with the Comalapa community, and learn about environmental sustainability!

Charleston, South Carolina

  • Dates: March 18-25, 2018
  • Student Leaders: Sydney Robinson and Talya Gordon
  • Food: Kosher food will be available
  • Cost: $525

This program will expose students to the unique historical and current issues of Charleston and focus on race relations, poverty, education in the South. During this trip, we will have the opportunity to volunteer and engage with multiple organizations on the ground.

San Diego, California

  • Dates: March 18-25, 2018
  • Student Leaders: Avi Passy and Talia Hoch
  • Food: Kosher food will be available
  • Cost: $925

We’ll travel to San Diego to learn from and volunteer with social service organizations to examine immigration and border issues. We’ll have opportunities to engage with community members and understand the local and national considerations of immigration.