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Winter VOLbreak


The VOLbreaks Program is currently accepting participant applications for our Winter experience! This trip will be focusing on Immigration in Austin, TX and will take place from Saturday, December 14 – Friday, December 20.  Applications will close on Friday, September 29th at 11:59pm. Applicants will receive an email notifying them of their status by October 2nd at 5pm.

What do you need to know?

Trip Leaders: Caitlin Lloyd ( and Taylor Dempsey (

Trip Cost: $600 (cash or check – made out to the Alternative Break Program).


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According to the 2018 Current Population Survey, 28 percent of the US population are immigrants, and that percentage is expected to rise to 36 by 2065. As Texas is often the focus of the United States’ dialogue surrounding immigration, the capital city of Austin has branded itself as being on the forefront of the resistance movement. In response to the increase in anti-immigration policies, thousands of Austin residents have protested, rallied, and fought back in an attempt to protect the diverse immigrant population composed of immigrants from well over 40 countries in their own community. According to the Pew Research Center, Austin falls within the top twenty metro areas in the U.S. that saw the greatest increase of undocumented immigrants from 2007 to 2016 and has subsequently developed a vast array of resources focused on comprehensive immigration reform

Topics surrounding immigration have been at the forefront of news platforms for years now because of this high percentage, addressing everything from the legality of different forms of immigration to the treatment of people within migrant detainment centers.

On this winter trip, we will be looking at the immigration system, how people interact with it and how they are treated within the community we will be working with. We will be pushing ourselves to holistically understand the depths of immigration, looking further into the power dynamics at hand. 

2019 VOLbreaks Application