ABOUT ALTERNATIVE BREAKAWAY TRIPS

ABOUT ALTERNATIVE BREAKAWAY TRIPS

Alternative BreakAway program conducts meaningful volunteer service with our local and national communities. 

Alternative Breakaway is a program offering students, staff, and faculty the opportunity to take a meaningful break from school to volunteer and serve others.   It is a real example of the CSL and University mission to "expand the boundaries of knowledge and discovery to create positive personal and social change."  Each year, UW Tacoma students will graciously donate their spring break and other school vacations in order to embark on a journey that breaks away from the comforts of everyday living, challenges our privileges, perceptions and assist nonprofits that make a difference in our communities.

The goal of UW Tacoma’s alternative breaks program is to have students identify social justice issues relevant to them and seek out nonprofit partnerships working to address them.  The Center for Service and Leadership assists with training for site leaders, coordination of site locations and fundraising efforts, and implements reflective practices based on the National Breakaway model for alternative break programing.  All are welcome to join and participate in choosing the next breakaway trip or sign up for a trip below (please contact the Alternative Breakaway coordinator with your ideas altbrk1@uw.edu).   The goal of UW Tacoma’s alternative breaks program is to have students identify social justice issues relevant to them and seek out nonprofit partnerships working to address them. The Center for Service and Leadership assists with training for site leaders, coordination of site locations and fundraising efforts. The new alternative breaks program at UW Tacoma is based on the National Break Away organization’s recommended model for successful programs incorporating components of an Active Citizen Continuum.
 
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FAQ's

How much will this cost?

The only cost to students is a $25 deposit for the trip and an average of 5 dollars for meals per day.  All other costs will be covered through fundraising. We can provide additional financial assistance if you are unable to pay the deposit. All lodging, transportation, and other costs will be covered through the program.

Do I have to stay for the whole time? Short answer: yes. Part of the reason we do BreakAway is to connect with each other. The time we spend as a group outside of the volunteer service hours is essential to having the full BreakAway experience. You may be surprised about how fun it can be! Individual circumstances may be discussed with the BreakAway coordinator.

What will be required of me as a participant? This BreakAway trip entails spending our days and overnights at or nearby our partner organization. We will be working with community partner staff, clients, and possibly with youth. Daily schedules vary, and may include different physical labor tasks, client interactions, and reflective activities. This experience requires students eager to listen, learn and get outside their comfort zones. All students attending BreakAway are representing UW Tacoma, and are expected to follow UW safety policies and guidelines.

Can I still apply? Yes. Applications for BreakAway are accepted until the trip is filled. Please submit your application as soon as possible. All trips have a minimum number of participants to be approved – so if you want the trip to work out we suggest you submit your application to get us to that goal.


Environmental Restoration & Exploration-- Eugene Oregon

Application Deadline has been extended. Applications will be accepted until all spots are filled. Submit your application as soon as possible to participate.

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  • BreakAway Trip: March 18-24 
  • Pre-trip Training: March 2, 9, and 16 from 3-7 pm
  • Post-Trip Meeting: To Be Announced

Travel with new UWT friends to Eugene Oregon to work alongside each other for a fun and meaningful spring break! The Friends of Buford Park is a non-profit that conducts stewardship and habitat restoration in a county park. This BreakAway will explore environmental issues, land use, and social responsibility in business (and beyond). Build your skills and your network by immersing in work with a community partner focused on environmental work.

 

*Applications open on a rolling basis until all spots are filled. Submit your application today!

Spring breakaway application

Washington statue at University of Washington

Special Olympics BreakAway

Volunteer all week at the Special Olympics in Seattle! Connect with athletes, attend panels, create lasting connections with your peers, and so much more. 

Special Olympics is a leader in athletic competition for athletes with intellectual disabilities. From showcasing the skills of thousands of athletes at the games, to being a catalyst for the City of Inclusion initiative and the celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Special Olympics games, this unique BreakAway is a great place to spend a week of your summer with fellow students making great memories.

  • BreakAway Trip: June 30th- July 6th 2018
  • Pre-trip Training: June 8th, 15th, and 22nd 2-6pm
  • Post-Trip Meeting: To Be Announced

*Applications open on a rolling basis until all spots are filled. Submit your application today!

 

SUMMER breakaway application

 

 

SEE WHAT STUDENTS HAVE SAID ABOUT THIS BREAKAWAY TRIP ......

Today gave me an insight to think about the world that I would've never thought of.- TRM Anonymous Reflection

 

Now that it’s almost over I feel that I’ve really grown as a person. I’ve learned more about myself on this trip and the importance of having a sense of community, relationships, appreciations, and teamwork. - TRM Anonymous Reflection

 

I think I really appreciated every moment of today. I got to connect with my peers annd I was able to see/acknowledge a fear that I still need to confront- TRM Anonymous Reflection

 

I assumed christian based discrimination...[But] they were open… No power trip with mike and same with his clients: mutual relationships.- TRM Anonymous Reflection

 

My opinions on the issue changed entirely . Partly because I didn't have such strong ideas on homelessness in general. And partly because I actually feel more educated after spending a week here.

 

My understanding has become more compassionate. I know now what this place is and stands for. And it's not just a place to sleep and eat.- TRM Anonymous Reflection

 

During reflection we discussed how our place here is volunteering only for a week. It's temporary and today has meant A LOT for me. I can't …I won't be doing the same thing and ignoring or side-stepping the people I see on the street after today and after this program. -TRM Anonymous Reflection

 

The past days of service felt really important to me personally. With the amount of stories shared it made me question certain things about my beliefs and values. They changed my way of seeing. -TRM Anonymous Reflection