Alternative Winter Break

The Alternative Winter Break (AWB) program works in partnership with Habitat for Humanity International’s Global Village program, and consists of 2 trip opportunities in either Cambodia or Myanmar during the University’s winter break: January 2- January 13, 2019. The program is open to undergraduate students first-year through senior, as well as graduate students.

Accepted students will also be required to enroll in a 4-credit course in the Spring 2019 semester after being accepted into the program. During the Spring 2019 semester, students learn about Cambodia/Myanmar through GVT 387-Conflict and Development in Asia, a course that reviews crucial political and economic events in the region, processes of reconstruction of the rule of law, plus democracy and sustainable development. This course will also have a service component which will allow students to interact with Asian communities in Boston.

In January, the delegation spends 12 days learning about political, social, and economic issues in Cambodia or Myanmar while participating in a community service project through Habitat for Humanity International’s Global Village program.


  1. All participants must register for the GVT387A/687 course in the Spring 2019 semester, following acceptance into the program. We will also work with graduate students to tailor GVT 687 for graduate-level work.
  2. Minimum of 2.5 GPA
  3. Students must participate in out-of-class learning experiences as directed by the program.
  4. Students must be in good standing with the university (judicial, health.)

Students will pay a portion of the total cost of the trip, which includes transportation, meals, and accommodations. Total cost of the program are partially subsidized by the Center for Community Engagement and the Institute for East Asian Studies. The trip payment will consist of a deposit due upon acceptance to the program, and a final payment before the start of the trip, both of which will be billed through Suffolk University’s Student Accounts.

Scholarships and Financial Aid:
Consult the Office of Financial Services to see if your financial aid package covers any of the costs related to the trip. A limited number of partial scholarships will be awarded based on available funding and student needs.

Course Information:
This course will review the processes of reconstruction of the rule of law, democracy and sustainable development in Asia.