Wartburg College claimed the No. 2 spot in the 2019 Break Away National Alternative Break Survey for the second consecutive year. During the 2018-19 academic year, 147 Wartburg students, or nearly 10%, participated in 13 trips organized by the college’s Service Trips program and student leaders, according to Wartburg College.
Students visited locations such as Arizona, Tennessee, Wisconsin and North Carolina. Students aided with service in flood recovery, sustainability, homelessness and food insecurity.
“Service trips are so unique because they connect you to people you typically would never spend time with or get to know at Wartburg because of different majors or interests,” Mattie Barr, Warburg Service Trips student director, said.
“This is a time where you are not only serving others, but you are serving each other and bringing that back to the Wartburg community. You make the best friends and memories by going on a service trip, and in my opinion, everyone needs to go on one while at Wartburg.”— MATTIE BARR
The ranking illustrates the college’s long-standing commitment to the value of Service Trips and the connection to the college’s mission of leadership, service, faith and learning, according to Kristen Teig Torres, director of community engagement.
“Wartburg students flourish through the Service Trips program,” Torres said. “They discover so much about themselves and their world by serving others. The lessons learned on a service trip cannot be duplicated in the classroom.”
Break Away, founded in 1991, is a national nonprofit promoting quality alternative break programs where college students can engage in meaningful volunteer service.
Rollins College in Florida earned the No. 1 spot with 20.2% participation. Wartburg was No. 1 in 2016-17.