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Alternative Break Trip - Zero Week

Download the 2014 Alternative Break - Zero Week Applicaiton for Warm Springs, Oregon OR Apply Online Here. Applications are due by Friday May 16, 2014 at 5pm.

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What are Alternative Breaks?

An alternative break is a trip that engages a group of students in volunteer service and learning, typically for a week. Alternative break trips originated with college students in the early 1980s as a counter to "traditional" spring break trips. Trips typically have a focus on a particular social issue, such as (but not limited to) poverty, hunger and homelessness, education reform, health and wellness, immigration rights, and the environment. Students learn about the social issues and perform projects with local non-profit and community-based organizations. Alternative breaks challenge students to critically think and react to problems faced by members of the communities in which they are involved (adapted from Break Away, http://www.alternativebreaks2012.org) The Alternative Break (AB) program enables students to immerse themselves in a new and different community to learn its historical, sociological, cultural and/or political background.  Each AB experience is crafted in collaboration with community in order to explore the unique culture and social issues of a specific location.  Teams of approximately ten students spent the week of March 22nd to March 29th, 2014 on three different trips in Oregon, Washington, and California.  A team of approximately ten students will spend zero week, Monday June 16th to Friday June 20th, 2014 in Warm Springs, Oregon. 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 and reciprocity.  

The AB experience encourages students to critically analyze their assumptions and mindsets through learning about the complexity of social problems.  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 education and creates opportunities that inspire personal growth with focus on short-term relief in addition to long-term sustainable social change. 

Participating in an Alternative Break will be an opportunity to dedicate a week to transforming a community and your orientation to social problems, 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 service here at Oregon State University. Visit http://oregonstate.edu/cce/alternativebreaks to learn about the program or visit the Center for Civic Engagement in Snell Hall 158 to discuss your interests with the staff.

Benefits of participating in an Alternative Break:

  • Engage in meaningful service to impact change related to an issue you care about
  • Learn about and reflect upon the complexity and interconnectedness of social issues and problems
  • Improve your leadership, critical thinking, and dialogue skills in dynamic real world scenarios
  • Learn about options for continuing community engagement work upon your return to OSU
  • Build meaningful relationships and a new community of civic-minded OSU students
  • Travel to and learn about regional communities
  • Learn about and explore new perspectives
  • Develop skills in negotiating multiple perspectives, viewpoints, and stakeholders’ interests in decision making and actions
  • Develop an increased capacity to work across differences to build communities
  • Gain valuable experience for your resume
  • Experience a program that will likely inform your future career path and lifestyle
  • Learn about yourself, challenge yourself, and have fun

Participant Expectations:

  • Participate in all pre-trip meetings (there will be 2 pre-trip meetings).
  • Be open to processing (at your own comfort level) the Alternative Break experience individually and as a group through organized reflection, journaling, and other activities that suit your reflection preferences.
  • Serve as a positive role model, representative, and ambassador of Oregon State University while on and off campus.
  • Be respectful of diverse community and cultural norms and values that you may experience in community and/or with members of the Alternative Break team.
  • Commit to being an active contributor to your team and show respect for fellow team members, community partners, and populations with whom you are completing service.
  • Be willing to explore diverse perspectives, opinions and to advance cultural competency, understanding, and sensitivity.
  • Be in good university standing (academic and student conduct); Adhere to OSU Student Conduct Code on trip.
  • Embrace experiences working independently as well as with a team or group.
  • Be organized, self-motivated, adaptable, and flexible.
  • Refrain from the use or possession of alcohol or any controlled substance/drugs for the duration of the experience (regardless of age).

2014 Alternative Break Trip – Zero Week, Monday June 16th to Friday June 20th

Exploring Cultural Engagement, Policy Issues, & Community Wellbeing: Warm Springs, Oregon            

Trip Cost: $75  (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 service work, we will explore community gardens and sustainability, tribal government and jurisprudence, economic development and social and cultural events that all impact the livability of the Warm Springs area.  During our trip activities will likely 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, 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.  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. This trip will be run as a collaboration between Intercultural Student Services and the Center for Civic Engagement; this program will include students that are a part of the International Indigenous Policy Course and interested at large students.

Note:  Lodging will be the Kahneeta Resort & Spa. Trip fee includes transportation, lodging, 1 lunch, 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 provide.  There will be a space available to prepare breakfast, pack a lunch, and cook dinner. Learn more about lodging accommodations here:   http://www.kahneeta.com/.

 


 


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 emily.bowling@oregonstate.edu 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.

Deposit and Trip Fees for Alternative Break Trips 

Every participant is responsible for paying the trip fee; estimated trip cost are above. The actual trip cost may be lower than estimated.

You must accept your spot via email to hold your spot.  Thus, please be sure the email address you supply is one that you will be checking regularly. The Center for Civic Engagement will provide fundraising ideas and resources to you.  A non-refundable trip deposit of 50% of the total trip fee will be due Tuesday, May 27th at 5:00 pm.

If we do not reach at least 8 trip participants for a trip by May 27th, 2014, 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—MUNCSC” and dropped off the Student Leadership & Involvement Information Desk in Snell Hall/MU East 149. 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 Cancellation 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 half of the trip cost. The emergency must arise before the trip starts to receive a refund for half of the trip cost. Students will be asked to provide a signed request for the partial refund that summarizes the extenuating circumstances. 


COMPLETED APPLICATIONS are due Friday, May 16th, 2014 at 5PM

Drop-off Application: Student Leadership & Involvement, Information Desk, 149 Snell Hall/MU East

Mail Application: Center for Civic Engagement, 158 Snell Hall/Memorial Union East,

Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR 97331

Online Information: http://oregonstate.edu/cce/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 19th.

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


Deposit and Trip Fees

Every participant is responsible for paying the trip fee; estimated trip costs are above. The actual trip cost may be lower than estimated.

Deposit and Trip Fees for Alternative Break Trips 

Every participant is responsible for paying the trip fee; estimated trip cost are above. The actual trip cost may be lower than estimated.

You must accept your spot via email to hold your spot.  Thus, please be sure the email address you supply is one that you will be checking regularly. The Center for Civic Engagement will provide fundraising ideas and resources to you.  A non-refundable trip deposit of 50% of the total trip fee will be due Tuesday, May 27th at 5:00 pm.

If we do not reach at least 8 trip participants for a trip by May 27th, 2014, 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—MUNCSC” and dropped off the Student Leadership & Involvement Information Desk in Snell Hall/MU East 149. 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 Cancellation 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 half of the trip cost. The emergency must arise before the trip starts to receive a refund for half of the trip cost. Students will be asked to provide a signed request for the partial refund that summarizes the extenuating circumstances.

 

Questions?

For questions regarding Alternative Break Trip - Zero Week, please contact Emily Bowling, Oregon State University, Center for Civic Engagement, at emily.bowling@oregonstate.edu or 541-737-7673.

Requests related to accommodations for disability may be made by contacting Emily Bowling at emily.bowling@oregonstate.edu or 541-737-7673.

Contact Info

Center for Civic Engagement
541-737-3041
158 Snell Hall (MU East) Corvallis, OR 97331-1610 beaver.volunteer@oregonstate.edu
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