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Center for Civic Engagement

Alternative Spring Break Trips

March 10–18, 2018
Student on an Eco Adventure spring break trip to the southwest desert.

Are you looking for a fun and interesting way to spend your 2018 spring break? Sign up for an Alternative Spring Break (ASB) trip! All ASB trips contain a civic engagement component, which can take many forms. Some trips may include direct community service components, while others provide civic engagement experiences through learning about social or environmental issues at the ASB location. Trips can also include cultural learning experiences, outdoor adventures, and hands-on work experience.

WSU Break Away Program Membership

In spring 2016, WSU officially became a member institution of Break Away, a national nonprofit that promotes and supports the development of alternative spring break programs. Break Away provides tools and trainings to help universities enhance their ASB trips. The goal of these trips is to help students think critically and compassionately about worldwide issues while becoming active world citizens through service.

2018 Opportunities

Trips will be added as they become available.

  • Hearts in Motion: Guatemala Medical Mission

    Open to WSU Pullman students only
    Dates: March 8–18, 2018
    Registration Deadline: October 16, 2017
    Cost: TBD
    Course Credit: FORL 300 or BIO 492
    Minimum GPA: 2.7
    Apply Online

    According to WSU Education Abroad, this trip "is an opportunity for students to work with the non-profit organization Hearts in Motion whose mission is to provide care and medical treatment for children, families, and communities through its programs and sponsorships in the U.S., and Central and South America. Their goal is to provide opportunities for individuals to participate in short term mission experiences. The impact of the experience on each student is at least as great as the impact on the lives of the people they touch. Many lives are changed. Hearts In Motion works to complement resources already in place while respecting the culture of those whose lives it touches."

    For more information on this opportunity and to apply, click here. You can contact the program's faculty director, Ana Maria Rodriguez-Vivaldi, at with further questions.

    Civic Engagement Experiences

    On this trip to Guatemala, you will learn about health issues and barriers to accessing adequate health care as well as spend time helping to translate for patients receiving care or help directly with medical treatments being performed. All civic engagement for this trip can be tracked on CougSync through the CCE.