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.

The Alternative Break Away experience is a real example of the University's mission to "transform communities by expanding the boundaries of knowledge and discovery."  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 to assist nonprofits and 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. 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.

SPRING BREAK-AWAY

Priority Deadline: January 31, 2018. Applications received after the deadline may still be considered.

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Education and Immigration BreakAway

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

This trip is open to all students.  Join student leaders from the Filipino American Student Association and First Generation Fellows as we work on community projects focused on education and immigration in the South Sound. This BreakAway experience will go deeper into team-building, connecting with our community, and exploring the impact you have on those around you.

Will be learning about and/or working with to one of these organizations:

*All applications will be updated when student leaders finalize the service sites

Spring breakaway application

Business and Environmental BreakAway

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

This trip is open to all students. Through partnership with REI and their community partners, this BreakAway will explore environmental issues, business impacts, 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.  Learn how to REI weaves corporate social responsibility into their culture and actions. 

Will be learning about and/or working with to one of these organizations:

*All applications will be updated when student leaders finalize the service sites

 

spring breakaway application

SUMMER BREAK-AWAY

 
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

*All applications will be updated when student leaders finalize the service sites

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