2018 Alternative Break - Zero Week (Monday June 18- Saturday June 23) - Online Application Form

Applications for Alternative Break Zero Week 2018 are open! Use this form to apply to the 2018 Alternative Break Trip Zero Week online. Please be sure to read about the 2018 Alternative Break Trip - Zero Week here

Priority deadline is Wednesday, April 18, 2018. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until all three trips are 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 21, 2018.

Selections are based upon the timeliness and quality of the applications and personal statements and crafting Alternative Break teams representing diversity in experience and perspectives.

Questions? Contact Emily Bowling at emily.bowling@oregonstate.edu or 541-737-7673.

Participant Eligibility:

  • Must be a currently enrolled OSU student
  • Must be paying student fees at the Corvallis campus
  • Must be in good university standing (academic and student conduct)

Accommodations: If accommodations for disability are needed in order to participate in the trip, please contact Emily Bowling at emily.bowling@oregonstate.edu or 541-737-7673, preferably one month in advance due to the immersive nature of the experience.

Native Voices: Exploring Cultural Engagement, Policy Issues, & Community Wellbeing - Monday June 18 to Satruday June 23 (trip will leave early morning on Monday June 18 and return by mid-day on Saturday June 23)      

Warm Springs, Oregon                     Trip Cost: $100 (includes 4 dinners) 

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.  We will focus on engaging counter narratives and exploring the impact of settler colonialism upon indigenous communities. Some community engagement 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 staying on the Reservation of the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs, home to the Warm Springs, Wasco, and Paiute tribes after they were forcibly removed from land across the northwest. 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 at Kah-Nee-Ta (a tribally owned and operated hotel). 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.


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PERSONAL STATEMENTS: Please thoughtfully respond to each of the following questions in 2-3 double spaced pages and upload your personal statements. Trip placement will be heavily dependent upon your personal statements. Please save your file as "Last Name_First Name AB Application 2018." 1.) Briefly tell us why you would like to participate in an Alternative Break experience. Also, comment on what you hope to gain (skills, competencies, knowledge, etc.) as a result of the experience. 2.) Describe your previous community, leadership, and/or service experiences. Please list any skills or experiences you have that you feel is relevant to and prepares you for an Alternative Break experience. Note: No previous experience is necessary to apply. 3.) What qualities do you possess that help contribute to being a positive, collaborative team member? 4.) Describe your experience in working with diverse groups of people. Tell us about a time when you were faced with diverse opinions and perspectives. How did you respond to these differences? What do you think will be important for you to keep in mind when entering a Native American reservation community and building relationships on this experience? 5.) In a bulleted list, please include current or past employment positions, organization membership, and other co-curricular activities in which you’ve participated at Oregon State University, other colleges, high school, etc. 6.) How did you learn about the Alternative Break program? REFERENCES: Please include at least two professional references that can speak your leadership and teamwork experience in additional to your character. Please include name, position/title, organization, phone number, email address, and relation to you. You should include this information at the end of your personal statements.
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By signing below, I certify that that all application information and my statements are true and complete to the best of my knowledge. I certify that I agree to the expectations of trip participants. I understand that admission to or enrollment in an Oregon State University Alternative Break trip may be denied if any information is found to be incomplete or inaccurate. As a part of the application process I authorize the Center for Civic Engagement to review my student conduct record and share contents with program administrators as necessary. I understand that Oregon State University reserves the right to require the withdrawal of any student on account of unsatisfactory behavior.
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