Alternative Spring Break Program

Spring Break 2022 - Washington, D.C.

Application Deadline: Friday, November 19, 2021 at 5:00pm Pacific

What is the Spring 2022 Alternative Break Program?

Alternative Spring Break is a five-day, four-night service-learning immersion trip. This experience is designed to be a hands-on opportunity for Lewis & Clark College undergraduate students to learn more about themselves, others, and the world around them. This program will focus on food insecurity within marginalized communities. Our program will cover a wide range of topics related to food justice, including but not limited to community organizing, activism, public policy, and advocacy.

​​Participants in this program will assist with food delivery programs in Washington, D.C. Students will explore the culture and food-related challenges of the National Capital Region. Students will participate in daily group discussions and reflection activities, as well as educational tourism, and the ability to connect with local Lewis & Clark alumni, and prospective students associated with the Posse Foundation.


When is the Alternative Break Program?

The Alternative Spring Break Trip will take place March 21st - March 25th, 2022. Travel days will be Monday, March 21st and Friday, March 25th. All participants will depart from campus and travel by air from PDX. All participants will return to campus, as a group, on Friday, March 25th.


What will we be doing?

  • We will be working with two organizations located in Washington D.C. - Bread for the City and Martha’s Table. Students will be assisting with their food distribution programs; packing groceries and completing logistical tasks to assist each organization. Volunteer tasks may include, but are not limited to, breaking down boxes, sanitizing the bagging space, loading and unloading food boxes.
  • Tuesday, March 22nd: Full day with Bread for the City.
  • Wednesday, March 23rd: Morning with Martha’s Table. Afternoon visiting museums and monuments.
  • Thursday, March 24th: Participants will spend the entire day, as a group, visiting different locations in the nation’s capital.
  • **This schedule is subject to minor changes**

Where will we be staying?

We will be staying at an Airbnb in Falls Church, VA. This location is about 15 minutes away from the White House and in close proximity to our two service locations. There are 10 bedrooms and 12 beds, which means participants will be sharing a room and bathroom with others, but each individual will have their own bed. Participants will also be sharing other common spaces such as the kitchen, dining room, living room, etc.

Highlights of the Airbnb:

  • Large recreation room with lots of games including table tennis, foosball, a basketball arcade, and 60 classic arcade games including Pac-Man.
  • Home movie theater
  • Wifi
  • Home gym
  • Large outdoor backyard with a fire pit and plenty of seating

Is there a fee?

Yes. The total trip cost is $2,500 per participant, plus any optional personal expenses for souvenirs, additional food/snacks, etc. This pricing is all-inclusive and includes 4 nights housing accommodations, air and ground transportation, food, and activities.

Is there financial support, if I can not afford the $2,500?

Yes. The cost of this trip should not be a barrier for participation. Financial assistance is available for this trip. Please complete the financial assistance section of the application, if needed. Financial assistance will be provided on a need-based basis.


What do I need to know about trip accessibility?

Accommodations are available, if needed, please contact kmccauley@lclark.edu if you have questions. This trip will require flight travel and ground transportation, which will be accessible. This trip will involve lifting 5-10 pounds, repetitively at times and walking long distances. The group will be traveling around the D.C. metro area using different modes of transportation. We will work closely with the Office of Student Accessibility to fulfill all accommodation requests.


What will be required of participants on the Alternative Break Program?

  • All participants will be required to adhere to the L&C Student Code of Conduct and all College policies.
  • All participants must comply with the L&C Student COVID-19 Vaccination Policy. Vaccination or exemption status of all participants will be confirmed with the Health Service. Participants will not be allowed to travel if they are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19. Participants may be required to complete a COVID-19 viral test (regardless of vaccination status) and provide proof of a negative result prior to traveling. We highly recommend that students maintain increased social distancing and mitigation practices two weeks prior to trip departure.
  • No purchase or consumption of alcohol or illegal drugs is permitted by any group members, even if it is permitted at the site, or if they are of age. Violation of this policy will result in immediate expulsion from the trip. Travel costs back to Portland will be covered by the participant.
  • Lewis & Clark College prohibits all forms of sexual or gender-based harassment, discrimination or violence. Prohibited conduct includes sexual harassment, sexual assault, intimate partner violence, and stalking. Violation of this policy will result in immediate expulsion from the trip. Travel costs back to Portland will be covered by the participant.
  • Lewis & Clark College prohibits harassment of all kinds, as well as discrimination and hate- or bias-motivated conduct that is based on any of the protected characteristics set forth below, whether real or perceived. Violation of this policy will result in immediate expulsion from the trip. Travel costs back to Portland will be covered by the participant.
  • All participants will be required to complete an L&C Volunteer Agreement Form prior to departure.
  • All participants will be required to attend 3 pre-trip meetings, and 1 post-trip meeting.
    • At these meetings you will meet the trip leaders, Center professional staff, and other student participants. You will learn more about the service trip activities, location, and schedule. During these meetings you will be given a packing list of everything you need for your trip. You will also learn about the community organizations we are partnering with and receive training on how to work with the community members we will be engaging with while in D.C.
  • Participants will be required to cover the costs of their trip, unless they are awarded financial assistance.
  • No participating student or trip leader is permitted to leave the group by themselves at any time during the trip.
  • All members of the group must complete all legs of travel with the group.
  • Group ground rules will be established during our pre-trip meetings. This may include use of cell phones, photos, music, interpersonal communication, etc.

What are the next steps?

  • Application opens on Monday, November 1st
  • Complete the application and submit online at leadserve@lclark.edu or in-person at the Center, Templeton 3rd floor 
  • Application Deadline is Friday, November 19, 2021 at 5:00pm Pacific

How will I know if I will be accepted to Alternative Spring Break?

Applicants will be notified the week of November 22, 2021 to indicate whether or not they were selected for a Group Interview. The Group Interview will take place on Thursday, December 2nd from 6:00pm-7:30pm. Applicants will be notified the week of December 6th regarding their acceptance to the program.