Joseph McKeen
Center for the Common Good

Apply for Alternative Winter Break!

Story posted September 09, 2013

preble-streetAlternative Winter Break 2014 has passed.

AWB 2015 information is available here.

Selected participants of Bowdoin's two AWB trips will spend the last week of winter break, January 12th - 18th, addressing issues of Hunger and Homelessness and Immigrant and Refugee Education in the greater Portland Area.

Hunger and Homelessness: Navigating the Welfare System
This service trip is designed to expose participants to the prominent issues of homelessness within the Portland community. Students will learn about the American welfare system and work with Preble Street Resource Center to serve people faced with hunger, homelessness, and poverty. Participants will prepare meals in the soup kitchen, interact with both clients and staff at Preble Street, and complete small projects to meet the im- mediate needs of the Resource Center.
Leaders: Tenzin Tsagong '16 and Ryan Davis '15

Refugee and Immigrant Education in Maine
Students will have the opportunity to volunteer with organizations that serve the immigrant and refugee community in Portland, ME. We will work with Portland Adult Education, an institution that offers literacy, mathematics, history class for any interested adults. We will also spend time shadowing students at a very diverse Portland middle school and work closely with a college aspirations program tailored towards English Language Learning students. Part of this trip will be aimed at learning about the great organizations that serve the immigrant community in Portland.
Leaders: Juliet Eyraud '16 and June Guo '16

Financial Aid is available for students with need as determined by the Student Aid Office. This application process is need blind.

AWB Information Session
Wednesday, September 18, 7pm
McKeen Center common room

To Apply

Applications are submitted through an online application. If you wish to view the application questions before starting an application, click here. We recommend you type up and save your answers in a Word document so that you can check for spelling (and so you have a back-up copy).  You can copy and paste your answers directly from a Word document into the online application.  You cannot save and come back to your application, it must all be done at once.

Applications are due by October 9 at 5 p.m.

Click here to begin your application.

If you have questions about the AWB program or the application process, please contact Andrew Lardie at

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