GW Students Focus on Sustainability, Refugee Resettlement on Alternative Breaks

alt break 2017 Senior Haddie Hamal and freshman Clara Deng help paint a new job center for Friends of Refugees, an organization that provides refugees with opportunities for employment, education and well-being in Clarkston, Ga. (Photo: Mackenzie Fusco)

Seventy members of the George Washington University community spent time outside of Washington, D.C., serving communities in need as part of Alternative Breaks this month.

Students worked with youth empowerment in Los Angeles and assisted refugee resettlement programs in Atlanta. In Immokalee, Fla., they worked with organizations dedicated to migrant workers’ rights and in El Paso, Texas, they learned about border control issues and immigration.

Some students traveled beyond the continental United States to Puerto Rico where they focused on sustainability and organic farming. Others went to Nicaragua where they served with community development.


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