The Center uses alternative break programs 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 week experience, the 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 alternative break experiences are developed collaboratively by Lewis & Clark students and staff from the Center. Supported by Center staff, the 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. 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.
Our unique Alternative Spring Break (Alt. Break) program utilizes a critical service-learning model built on a foundation of mutually beneficial community campus partnerships. Alternative Break participants interrogate social injustice and pursue positive social change. Check back for applications and let us know if you have questions.
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