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Alternative Break Trip - Zero Week Application

2014 Alternative Break Trip - Zero Week - Online Application Form

Use this form to apply to the 2014 Alternative Break Trip Zero Week online.

Please be sure to read about the 2014 Alternative Break Trip - Zero Week here. Applications are due by Friday May 16th at 5pm.

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

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

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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/.


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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 placements will be heavily dependent upon your personal statements. Please save your file as "Last Name_First Name AB Application 2014.

1.) Briefly tell us why you would like to participate in the Alternative Break trip to Warm Springs. Also, comment on what you hope to gain (skills, competencies, knowledge, etc.) as a result of the experience.
2.) Describe your previous volunteer, 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 trip. 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 people from different backgrounds than your own. Tell us about a time when you were faced with diverse opinions and perspectives. How did you respond to these differences?
5.) How did you learn about the Alternative Break program?

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.

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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