Immersion Programs and Alternative Breaks

The Center uses immersion programs and alternative breaks as a primary means to promote co-curricular opportunities for civic engagement, social change, and global learning. These programs provide a valuable way to learn from and become immersed in diverse communities and social environments. Ranging in length from a one-day to a one-to-two week experience, the immersion and alternative break programs provide students with opportunities for direct service and learning through engagement combined with dialogue and reflection, and are designed to expand each participant’s understanding of critical social issues and the possibilities for social change.

These immersion and alternative break experiences are developed collaboratively by Lewis & Clark students and staff from the Center. Supported by a wide range of staff and faculty of the College, the immersion and alternative break experiences are led by trained students who serve as team leaders. Team leaders are responsible for planning logistics, training participants, managing budgets, and developing community partnerships. There is an executive board, supported by advisors and staff of the College, who oversee the entire alternative break program. Professional support is provided by staff and faculty who serve as immersion advisors and assist with training and other ongoing program requirements. The alternative break programs are also supported by Break Away, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to the promotion and enhancement of quality alternative break experiences.

In these overnight trips students explore social change strategies through place-based service and learning activities.

New Student Trips

Prior to Fall semester, the Center partners with New Student Orientation and College Outdoors to plan Beyond Portlandia trips for incoming students. Within these trips, student trip leaders introduce incoming first-years to Portland through meaningful service and learning experiences around issues of environmental and economic justice. Visit the College Outdoors website for more information.

Economic Justice group circle

Alternative Spring Break

Our unique Alternative Spring Break (ASB) program utilizes a critical service-learning model built on a foundation of mutually beneficial community campus partnerships. ASB participants interrogate social injustice and pursue positive social change. Trip leaders are chosen in fall term. Check back for applications and let us know if you have questions.

Food bank