What is Breakout?

Breakout Princeton is a student-driven alternative break 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 engage with social issues throughout their lives. Each week-long Breakout Trip integrates service, reflection and education about social issues and the multifaceted nature of these issues. Trips are offered for Fall and Spring breaks to local and national destinations.

What is Breakout Local?

Breakout Local is a flexible service opportunity in the Princeton community that is available during fall break, spring break, and intercession. Students staying on campus have the opportunity to volunteer a total of 2-10 hours with local community and campus partners. Through small-group discussions and hands-on service, students engage with social issues that affect the local community in order to enhance their social awareness and educational experience at Princeton.

How do I apply to go on a Breakout trip?

Breakout Trip applications open up twice a year for the fall and spring semesters. 

How do I propose a Breakout trip?

Come up with a trip idea, find a friend to co-lead with you and submit an application. The trip proposal application begins each spring semester. For more details on this process, go to Propose a Trip.

How long is a Breakout trip?

Breakout trips are a week long, the full duration of fall or spring break.

How much does a Breakout trip cost?

Breakout trips are completely free for everyone! Housing, food, and transportation are all provided.

What do you do on a Breakout trip?

Breakout trips are service-learning trips where students meet with NGOs, activist groups, policy makers, and other community partners to learn about and discuss particular societal issues. Each trip also incorporates a volunteering component to increase engagement with the communities you enter. After their trips, participants are expected to bring what they learned back to campus to encourage dialogue and advocacy on their issue.

You also explore the city you stay in, become closer with the other participants, and have a ton of fun!

Where do you go on a Breakout trip?

Different trips go different places! We’re constantly trying to find new topics and locations for Breakout trips. View current and past trips. 

How many people go on a Breakout trip?

On each trip there will be two student leaders and approximately 10 participants.

Can I go on more than one Breakout trip?

We want to give as many people as possible the opportunity to participate in Breakout, so we limit the amount of trips you can go on as a participant to one. However, you are encouraged to also participate multiple times in Breakout Local. We also encourage you to also lead a Breakout trip and join the Breakout Board!

What if I don’t get chosen for a Breakout trip?

No worries! You can apply for a Breakout trip next semester! If we could offer spots to everyone who applies each semester, we would. Funding is our only limitation. So don’t hesitate to apply again, we’d love to have you on board.

Who runs Breakout?

Breakout is one of the programs supported by the John H Pace, Jr. '39 Center for Civic Engagement, and it is administered by the Pace Center Breakout Princeton Program Coordinator and the Breakout Princeton board (students).

How do I get involved in other service if I can’t go on a Breakout trip?

The Pace Center has many opportunities to do one-time service, or different types of service based on your interests and time availabilities.  Also, if you’re on campus during one of your breaks, check out our Breakout Local program.  You can commit as much time as you’d like to projects we are partnering with in the local community.

How do I apply to join the Breakout Princeton board?

The Pace Center’s various programs all share an application and recruitment timeline which begins in late fall of each academic year. 

I still have more questions, who should I ask?

You can send any questions you have to the Program Coordinator, Geralyn Williams (geralynw@princeton.edu) or talk to one of the Breakout Board.