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Service Learning

Want to go on a service trip?  Learn more about the two types of trips we have!

Alternative Break

The Alternative Break program is meant to expose WOU students to hands-on community based learning during a 7 day period occurring during the first week of Winter Break or Spring Break. There is a commitment fee that students are required to pay ($100) and the rest of the trip is paid for by team fundraising. Participants have the opportunity to work with other WOU students, faculty and staff to increase self-knowledge and to broaden their perspective of the world around them. The emphasis of the trip is working in conjunction with non-profit agencies to focus on a wide variety of social issues; these issues include literacy, poverty, racism, hunger, homelessness, HIV/AIDS, and sustainability. Being completely immersed in diverse environments enables participants to experience, discuss, and understand social issues in a significant way.

How to Apply for Alternative Break:
Applications are available the first two weeks of Fall Term for Winter Alternative break and the first two weeks of Winter Term for Spring Break Alternative Break.

Attend an information session to learn more and get an application.

Pick up an application in SLCD or click here to have an application emailed to you!

Service Learning Trips

The Service Learning Trip program is designed to offer hands-on, in-depth volunteer work with non-profit agencies around the world. These trips are generally longer in nature and occur during Winter Break or Summer Break (10 to 14 days). Most Service Learning trips are international and have a higher cost associated with them (students have to pay their way.) Participants will have the opportunity to be exposed to different experiences, be able to discuss and understand societal issues in a significant way.

How to Apply for Service Learning Trips:
Applications are available at various times during the year. When applications are available, emails will be sent out along with posters put up.

Want to know if there are currently applications out for a trip? Click here

Pick up an application in SLCD or click here to have an application emailed to you!


Looking for a way to get involved and make a difference? Here are a couple of ways for you to get involved: Sign up to do a local service project once a term with other students; look at WolfLink for a variety of volunteer opportunities that you can apply to; set-up an appointment to meet with the Service Learning Coordinator or Service Learning Program Assistant; or sign up for the list serve!


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