Breakout Princeton is a student-driven alternative break trip program that encourages engagement with domestic social issues through immersion in communities.The program is a set of experiences designed to heighten participants’ awareness of critical social issues, enhance their individual growth, and prepare them to engage with social issues throughout their lives. Each weeklong trip integrates service, reflection and education about social issues and the multi-faceted nature of these issues. Trips are offered throughout the year in local and national destinations.
What makes these trips "alternative"?
Breakout offers an alternative break from the traditional vacation trips. The break trips give students an opportunity to meet new people, immerse themselves in a community, and learn about a particular social issue.
How do I apply?
All applications are to be submitted online. To apply, click here. Go on a Break Trip! Applications due December 1st.
Are there any prerequisites for applying?
There are no prerequisites of earlier public service involvement, all students may apply.
How many people are selected to go on each trip?
For most of our trips there is a maximum of 10 participants admitted. Strong applicants who are not admitted will be placed on a waiting list and admitted on a space-available basis.
Can I apply to more than one trip? Do I have to fill out a separate application for each trip?
You may apply to multiple trips. To apply, you need to complete an application, rank your trip choices, and answer the questions for each trip that you are interested in applying for. We generally try to bring together a diverse group of students.If you’ve already been on a trip, consider applying as a trip leader or proposing a trip idea!
What is the timeline for the selection process? When will I know whether I have been accepted?
The deadline for applications varies per semester; please see the Breakout “Go On a Trip” page for these dates. Participants will be notified within 1-2 weeks of the application deadline if they have been selected. After you have been notified, you will have approximately 24 hours to decide whether you wish to accept the offer.
How much does it cost to go on a trip?
Trips have varying costs based on housing, food, and transportation. Most Breakout trips cost $250. All flying trips cost $500.
What is the time commitment?
Groups will have weekly meetings throughout the semester that focus on their trip's specific issues. These weekly meetings will be an opportunity for team-building, as well as learning about the issues associated with their trip. Participants are required to attend the 4 pre-trip meetings and be present on the full trip. Following the trip, groups will meet for the All Breakout Gathering.
Do I have to be there for the entire trip?
Yes, students who are unable to participate in a trip for its entire duration are ineligible to participate.How do I propose my trip idea?
Breakout is always looking to foster new trip ideas! Look for proposal writing workshops throughout the year to help develop your idea. Trip proposal applications open in early April for the following academic year. Both Fall and Spring semester trips will be filled at that time.
How do I become a Trip Leader?
There are two ways students can become trip leaders. In either case, interested candidates need to review the trip leader requirements and fill out the leader application.Typically, trips are proposed alongside two leader applications. However, there are frequent cases where a trip proposal will be accepted with only one leader identified. The Pace Center for Civic Engagement, Breakout Board Coordinators, and single leader will work together to find a suitable co-lead. If you are simply interested in co-leading, please fill out the leader application.
How do I become a Trip Coordinator and Board Member?
During the spring semester, The Pace Center for Civic Engagement and the Breakout Coordinating Board accept applications and interview students for Coordinator positions. Previous trip experience is expected. If you are interested in becoming a Coordinator please contact Keira Wilson at firstname.lastname@example.org
Are there any other similar experiences offered by others on campus?
Yes. Many student groups also run alternative breaks such as the Whitman College Access trip, the Center for Jewish Life, and more.
View the the Breakout Trip Archives.