Details on the 2017 Zero Week Alternative Break to Warm Springs, Oregon are now available! The 2017 dates are June 19 to June 23!
Download the 2017 Alternative Break - Zero Week Application for Warm Springs, Oregon or apply online. The Priority Deadline is Wednesday April 26, 2017 at 5pm. Applications will be accepted until the trip is full.
Need-based financial assistance is available! If you would like to apply for a travel grant, please review information about the Alternative Break Travel Grant Program administered through the Human Services Resource Center (HSRC). All travel grant applications must be submitted at the time of the trip application. Travel grants must be submitted to HSRC no later than Monday, May 22, 2017.
Read what past Alternative Break participants have said about their experiences:
Alternative break trips are immersive community-engaged learning experiences focused on personal growth and leadership development through community projects, education sessions, reflection, and teambuilding. An alternative break is a trip that engages a group of students in service and community-based learning, typically for a week. The Alternative Break (AB) program is centered on creating transformative, experiential learning experiences for students through regional, reciprocal campus-community partnerships. Alternative breaks aim to develop the capacity for students to lead for social change. Alternative break trips originated with college students in the early 1980s as a counter to "traditional" spring break trips. Trips usually have a focus on a particular social issue such as, but not limited to, poverty, food insecurity and homelessness, education reform, health and wellbeing, immigration rights, and the environment. Students learn about the social issues, perform projects, and engage in educational sessions with local nonprofit and community-based organizations. Alternative breaks challenge students to critically think and respond to problems experienced by members of the communities in which they are involved. The AB program enables students to immerse themselves in a community to learn about its historical, sociological, cultural and/or political background. Each AB experience is crafted in collaboration with community partners and community leaders in order to explore the unique culture and social issues of a specific location. Teams will engage in pre-trip planning and orientation meetings and post-trip debriefing and reflection, a structure that promotes continuous learning through the emphasis on critical reflection, reciprocity, and community building.
The AB experience encourages students to deconstruct their assumptions and perspectives through learning about the complexity and root causes of social issues while learning about the perspectives of people with different experiences than themselves. Being immersed in community environments enables participants to experience, discuss, and understand social issues in a significant way. The learning occurs for students as they are asked to be willing to engage in difficult conversations, ask questions, examine their beliefs, make mistakes, and confront challenging issues. The AB program values holistic, place-based education and creates opportunities that inspire personal growth with focus on short-term relief in addition to long-term sustainable social change. Alternative Break: Bond. Learn. Serve. Transform.
Participating in an Alternative Break will be an opportunity to dedicate a week to positively contributing to a community, building relationships, reflecting on social issues, and personal transformation while having fun with fellow OSU students who have made an active commitment to learning and growing through service. Many participants will transfer their experience on-site back to their own communities even after the alternative break ends. It is also a unique opportunity to participate and help to shape a legacy of student civic engagement here at Oregon State University. Visit Alternative Breaks to learn about the program or visit the Center for Civic Engagement in the Student Experience Center Suite 206 to discuss your interests with the staff.
Warm Springs, Oregon Trip Cost: $145 (includes 4 dinners, 1 lunch)
Discover various factors impacting cultural engagement, tribal policy and community wellbeing in Warm Springs by exploring elements of tribal governance, food sourcing, and community and cultural activities. Through educational sessions and direct community projects, we will explore community gardens and sustainability, tribal government and jurisprudence, energy policy, economic development and social and cultural events that all impact the Warm Springs community. During our trip activities will include educational sessions covering a wide range of topics related to tribal life, challenges, and solutions. Some opportunities include working on landscaping at a senior living facility, working at a community garden, food preservation, hiking on the reservation, learning about the services and programs put on by OSU Extension for the community, and visiting the Museum at Warm Springs. The trip will also include a BBQ with OSU Extension staff and tribal members. We will be visiting with the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation, home to the Warm Springs, Wasco, and Paiute tribes, the Warm Springs Reservation is inhabited by nearly 4,000 tribal members, most of whom live in or around the town of Warm Springs.
Note: Lodging will be in a community space within the Warm Springs Presbyterian Church (The trip is not faith-based and the lodging space is welcoming to students of diverse faith backgrounds and LGBTQ+ identities). The group will shower in locker room style showers at the Community Center. Trip fee includes transportation, lodging, and 4 dinners that will be prepared and shared together as a group. You will be responsible for your meals on travel days as well as for purchasing materials for meals not provided (breakfast and lunch). There will be space available to prepare breakfast, pack a lunch, and cook dinner.
Note: As part of the Alternative Break experience, you may be asked to sleep in a mixed gendered room/environment. If you have concerns or would like more information, please contact Emily Bowling at email@example.com or 541-737-7673 and we will do our best to meet sleeping preferences and needs.
Alternative Breaks can be physically, emotionally, and mentally challenging as a result of the immersive nature of the trips and completing service projects, often requiring physical labor and reflection activities over the course of a 5 to 6 day period. Participants are asked and encouraged to take responsibility for their wellbeing and experience during the trip by planning ahead and making needs known to the team and trip leaders.
Every participant is responsible for paying the trip fee; estimated trip cost is above. The actual trip cost may be lower than estimated. Please note that there is the ability for applicants to apply for Alternative Break Travel Grants. The Alternative Break Travel Grant Program is a financial need-based grant awarded to students applying to an alternative break trip. The travel grants are administered and awarded through the Human Services Resource Center. The purpose of the Travel Grants is to reduce accessibility barriers related to financial need for students wanting to participate in an immersive community-based learning experience. This is a separate application available online that should be submitted at the time of your Alternative Break program application.
You must accept your spot via email to hold your spot. Thus, please be sure the email address you supply is one that you check regularly. The Center for Civic Engagement will provide fundraising resources to you. A non-refundable trip deposit of 50% of the total fee will be due Wednesday, May 10th at 5:00 pm. If we do not reach at least 8 trip participants for a trip by May 10, 2017, the trip may be cancelled. In this case, you will be refunded in full for any deposit you have made.
Checks or money orders need to be made payable to “Center for Civic Engagement—MSICCE” and dropped off the Student Experience Center Front Desk. In the memo line, please write your name, AB, and Warm Springs. Final payment due dates will be communicated after trip selections have been made.
Trip Refund and Cancelation Policy: The trip deposit is non-refundable. If you have extenuating, unexpected medical, academic, or family/personal circumstances that are out of your control and need to cancel from the trip, you may be reimbursed for any expenses that the Center for Civic Engagement can recover. The emergency must arise before the trip starts to receive any refund. Students will be asked to provide a signed request for any partial refund that summarizes the extenuating circumstances. Please communicate any need to cancel as soon as possible so we can work with you. If you are or the Center for Civic Engagement is able to identify a replacement participant that meets trip criteria, a full refund may be possible.
Priority deadline for applications is Wednesday, April 26, 2016 at 5PM. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until trip is full.
Drop-off Application: Student Experience Center Front Desk
Mail Application: Center for Civic Engagement, 2251 SW Jefferson Way, Suite 206
Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR 97331
Online Information: Alternative Break Application
Selections are based on the timeliness and quality of the applications and based upon crafting Alternative Break teams representing diversity in experience and perspectives.
Applicants will be notified of the selection outcomes during the week of May 1st.
For questions regarding Alternative Break Trip - Zero Week, please contact Emily Bowling, Oregon State University, Center for Civic Engagement, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 541-737-7673.
If accommodations for disability are needed in order to participate in the trip, please contact Emily Bowling at email@example.com or 541-737-7673, preferably one month in advance due to the immersive nature of the experience.