Spring Break Service-Learning Trips: Apply NOW!

APPLY NOW to become a Raider Alternative Breaker this spring break! 

Raider Alternative Breaks (RAB) is dedicated to inspiring a society of active citizens through issue focused short-term service-learning experiences for students. RAB is committed to social and environmental justice - each “experience” explores specific issues and themes through readings and media, discussions and dialogue with partners and community members, and direct experience and group reflection. Key components of the RAB experience include education, direct service, cultural immersion, daily reflection and outdoor adventure. In order to create the most meaningful and memorable RAB experience, participants are required to commit to all aspects of preparation, participation and follow-up. Because the RAB program is a group travel experience, a particular emphasis will be placed on the development of strong group dynamics. See the RAB Spring19 Application and Information page for more details on RAB participant commitments and expectations.

Two spring break experiences will be offered in 2019 - apply by January 23rd for priority consideration! 

1. BASIC NEEDS: Housing and food (in)security in Central Arizona. 

Spend your spring break volunteering and learning with community organizations working to end homelessness and hunger in the greater Phoenix area of Arizona. Student participants will identify root causes of housing insecurity and hunger, assess different resources and organizational approaches employed toward ending food and housing insecurity, and compare and contrast these issues in the greater Phoenix Arizona area with those in the Rogue Valley. The group will be volunteering with a non-profit organization that provides transitional housing and support services to families experiencing crisis, as well as with a nearby food bank.

$300 trip fee includes ground and air transportation, lodging, program fees, and most meals. Mandatory pre-trip meetings are held weekly February 11 to March 18, 2019 on Mondays 5:30 pm to 7 pm, and this group’s pre-trip service project will be on Saturday March 2nd 8:30am-3pm with ACCESS Foodshare Gardens in Medford (transportation provided).

2. WILDLIFE RESTORED: Wildlife rehabilitation and conservation on the north coast of Oregon

If you are interested in learning more about organizations working to rescue and rehabilitate injured, sick, orphaned and displaced native wildlife, this RAB experience is for you! The group will spend their spring break working with the Wildlife Center of the North Coast in Astoria, Oregon. Student participants will identify human and other drivers resulting in injured, ill, and orphaned wildlife, and assess the different approaches employed by community partners to rescue and rehabilitate wildlife, as well as compare and contrast issues affecting wildlife in the North Coast of Oregon with those in the Rogue Valley. On the trip, the group will assist in day to day functions at the wildlife center as well as do some projects in preparation for the busy season.

$175 trip fee includes ground transportation, lodging, and most meals. Mandatory pre-trip meetings are weekly February 13 - March 20 on Wednesdays 5:30-7 pm. The pre-trip service project will be Saturday March 2nd 8:30 am-3 pm with Badger Run Wildlife Rehab near Klamath Falls, OR (transportation provided).

QUESTIONS? Want more information?

The RAB Spring19 Application and Information form includes more detailed information on each experience, and also explains participant expectations and commitments. More questions? Join student trip leaders for an optional information session at one of these two times:

January 14th 5:30 pm - Info Session @ Greensprings Lobby

January 15th 12:30 pm - Info Session @ Stevenson Union 319