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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 Community-Engaged Learning, 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 Aimee Slagle at 512.863.1215 or slaglea@southwestern.edu for more information and details. 

 

Want to participate in Spring Breakaway 2017? Applications are open! TO APPLY CLICK HERE!

 

Spring Breakaway 2017 Trip Descriptions: 

Immigration - El Paso, Texas: 
(March 12 - March 17)
Cost: $150
Students will look into immigration policies, the asylum seeking process and border city culture.
Disaster Recovery & Rebuilding - New Orleans, Louisiana:   (FULL!! - Waitlist)
(March 11 - March 17)
Cost: $150
Students will explore why there are still reconstruction and recovery needs 11 years after Katrina and how social, political, and economic characteristics play a role in these persisting needs.
International Human Rights - Houston, Texas: 
(March 12 - March 15) 
Cost: $75
Students will learn about human trafficking problems and refugee resources and needs in the Houston area. 
More Spring Breakaway Information:
- Cost covers everything: transportation, housing, food, activities, etc.  Scholarships available.
- Trips filled on first-come, first-served basis.  Apply early to ensure your spot on your first trip preference!

 

 

   

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.