MSU BreaksAway FAQ’s
Where do the groups travel to?
The trip locations vary from year to year. Over spring break, there are typically 3-5 groups that travel to various U.S. communities. Check out our upcoming locations page.
What type of work is involved?
This depends on the host site. In the past we have worked in homeless shelters, built trails, tutored kids, built houses and more! Look for trip specific information closer to trip dates.
How many hours do the groups volunteer?
On average, they tend to work a typical work day, 8am-5pm, Mon.-Fri., with breaks throughout the day and the evenings off for free time.
Where do the groups stay?
The OAE typically locates housing at local churches, to keep the cost of the trips low. Sometimes the groups camp, depending on the site location.
What meals are provided?
The trip participants are given per diems for meals ($10/day per person), which is a part of their trip fee. Groups typically buy food together and cook at their housing site.
How much does it cost?
This is dependent on trip location. Fees include meals, housing and transportation. Personal spending or emergency funds not included.
How many people go on each trip?
The typical trip has 12 students, including 2 student leaders. However, this varies from year to year and the host site capabilities.
What transportation is used?
All trips will travel in 7-passenger MSU vans or SUV's. Participants and leaders share the driving responsibility. Departure and return dates will be to the discretion of the group.
Do faculty or staff go on the trips?
No, all trips are led by 2 student Site Leaders. They act as liaisons, facilitators, and go-to people before and during the trips.
Are these substance-free trips?
Yes! All trips are substance-free. The consumption of alcohol and illegal drug use represents a major liability to the program, the health of participants, the cohesion of our groups, and the relationships we have with our host sites. This policy applies to all participants, regardless of age.
Can my friend(s) and I go together?
Yes, however, there is no guarantee that enough spots will remain for all of you. If you plan to participate with friends, please sign-up the first day of open registration and get in line early!
If I decide to participate, what do I need to do?
The OAE will announce registration start dates. Beginning that day, you will need to go to their office in 284 SUB, sign-up and pay at least half of your trip fee to hold a spot on the trip you are interested in. Trips fill up quickly and are first come, first serve. To make registration easier, bring the forms completed (will post closer to registration time), bring your trip fee (cash, check or credit card accepted), proof of health insurance and driver’s license.
How much time is involved once I am on the trip?
Before signing up, please keep in mind that as a participant on the trips you are an active member of the group, which includes attending attending a BreaksAway Orientation and approximately 3 meetings with your group and leaders before you leave. One of these meetings will include teambuilding activities to help you get to know your fellow participants better.
Do I need to be an MSU student to participate?
Yes, you must be at least a part-time MSU-Bozeman student. International students are encouraged to participate, keeping in mind any travel restrictions they may have with their student Visa.
Please direct any further questions to Mandy St. Aubyn, Program Manager, 994-6902 or firstname.lastname@example.org