Take a Break

Take a Break (TaB) is a student-led alternative spring break program that places small groups of Willamette University students, staff, and faculty in communities across the West Coast to engage in service learning. Since 2001, students from a myriad of backgrounds, have been facilitators or participants of service trips focusing on intersections of social issues such as education, poverty, racism, hunger, houselessness, LGBTQQ2S+, or the environment. 

Our motto is CJS2: Community. Justice. Service. Simplicity.

Our objectives of TaB: To involve Willamette University students, staff, and faculty in community-based service projects and to give students opportunities to learn about the problems faced by members of communities with whom they otherwise may have had little or no direct contact. Being completely immersed into diverse environments enables participants to experience, discuss, and understand social issues in a significant way. Participants have the opportunity to work and have fun with other Willamette students, to increase self-knowledge and to broaden their perspective of the world around them.

Mission Statement

Developing community stewardship in the leaders of tomorrow through:

  • promoting critical thinking
  • personal growth
  • social action
  • lifelong community involvement

so that participants might:

  • understand interlinking issues such as homelessness, poverty, crime, hunger, violence, environmental destruction, marginalization of social groups
  • take thoughtful, meaningful action towards the resolution of these issues
  • gain experience in community-based problem solving
  • begin or continue a commitment to community service and social change
  • build new friendships and alliances