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Service Learning


Spring Alternative Break Applications Now Closed

Email servicelearning@wou.edu if you have a late application to submit

WOU Service Learning trips place teams of students and advisors in communities to engage in hands-on community based learning during breaks in the school year.  Teams are exposed to complex social and cultural issues that aim to heighten social awareness, encourage life-long active citizenship, and promote the advocacy of social change within communities.



Service Learning Experiences

The Service Learning program is designed to offer hands-on, in-depth volunteer work with non-profit agencies around the world. Participants will have the opportunity to be exposed to different experiences, be able to discuss and understand societal issues in a significant way. 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.)

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.


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. 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 trips is working in conjunction with non-profit agencies to focus on a wide variety of social issues; these issues have included 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.

If selected, $150 is due to confirm your participation.  All teams must raise and collect the full amount of money required for the trip. If all funds are not raised, an additional $150 will be due by each participant. All funds must be raised by the budget deadline or the trip will not happen.