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

WHAT:Come learn about the alternative breakaway program, and provide a student voice on where the next trip should go!  Come learn how you can be a part of a team that  cares about the world around them and is motivated to do something about it.  Where shall we go in service of our shared humanity?  

WHO:  Any student

WHY:  Because it is an amazing experience you won't forget.  See what others have said below.




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








For questions, please contact our Spring Breakaway Coordinator Kanza Hamidani altbrk1@uw.edu