Engaging Minds, Transforming Lives

Community-Engaged Learning

Spring Breakaway

Spring Breakaway (formerly known as Destination: Service) is a program that allows students to spend their spring break in different communities while having an unforgettable service-learning experience. Spring Breakaway is sponsored by the offices of Civic Engagement, Diversity Education, and Spiritual & Religious Life. Each year our trips involve service, adventure, learning, and fun - all wrapped up in one.


This program allows students to deeply engage with complex topics such as social issues and problems, spiritual exploration, social justice, and diversity education. Students return from these trips praising the experience of seeing the world through the eyes of those in different circumstances and learning how to be a better ally and social advocate. 

Please contact Laurie Avery at 512.863.1215 or for more information and details. 

This year there were two students groups who spent a week El Paso, Texas or Atlanta, Georgia.


Want to be a Site Leader for Spring Breakaway 2017?

Apply now!

 Site Leaders are paid student workers who plan and organize the Spring Breakaway trips.

Applications are due April 12th.


What Students Say

“The trip gave me the opportunity to step out of my comfort zone and connect with students I probably would not have met outside of the trip. It was a unique experience. I saw the sun rise over the mountains every morning and fell asleep under the stars every night”

Brittany Pugh ’15,
Gila National Wilderness, 2014


“One thing I learned from Destination: Service is we, college students, should always take a step outside our schools and give back to the community that nurtures us.”

Derek Su ’17
Washington D.C, 2014


Spring Breakaway Through the Years

Since its founding in 1996, Spring Breakaway has worked with a variety of partners and traveled to numerous locations from Mexico to Washington D.C. A summary of work can be found here.