Active Citizen Continuum
Alternative Breaks serve two purposes: getting needed work done around social issues and changing the volunteer's perspective of their place in society.
The Active Citizen Continuum is the driving force behind Alternative Breaks. As illustrated with this developmental model, Alternative Breaks can become much more than memorable volunteer trips. They can be a powerful catalyst, transforming a participant's worldview and developing an understanding of lifelong active citizenship.
Not concerned with their role in social problems
Well-intentioned, but not well-educated about social issues
Concerned with discovering root causes; asks why?
Community becomes a priority in values and life choices
Prepare students for on-site experience and provide initial education about site-specific social issues.
- Education, orientation, and training
- Pre-break direct service
- Preflection: goals and expectations Icebreakers and group building
Encourage participants to look critically at the root causes of social issues and challenge them to evaluate the role they have in the community.
- Strong direct service
- Ongoing education
- Community involvement
- Daily reflection tied to direct service and social issue education
Help participants find avenues for continued community involvement and support their efforts to take action locally.
- Organize or join small groups of thoughtful, committed citizens Continued education
- Reflection about reorientation process
- Post-break direct service, advocacy, and philanthropy
- Life choices that benefit the community
Source: Break Away