Spring Break - BreakAway Ministry

Learning Through Service

The Mission of BreakAway is to create opportunities for personal transformation by having Wheaton staff, faculty, and students serve together during Spring Break.  These week-long trips go to a variety of locations, both nationally and internationally. Each year, the student lead BreakAway Cabinet sets a vision for their work coordinating each trip. 

Sign-ups for trips happen in November of each year. Check the Sign-Up page for more details. 

2018 BreakAway Spring Break Service Trips

ANGOLA STATE PRISON - What is your concept of a maximum-security prison that houses over 5,000 inmates, many of whom are violent offenders?  Are you prepared to have all of your preconceptions challenged?  Do you have the courage to see and be a part of a culture made up of inmates who will challenge your mind and heart like no other culture in America?  This is an intensely difficult and rewarding trip.  Come see how God can use you in this environment!  Students will see what daily life in a prison consists of and have their perceptions of prison life challenged and transformed. 

Students will stay and work with Mountain T.O.P. (Tennessee Outreach Project) to serve the community around the Cumberland Mountains of Tennessee.  This ministry serves seven counties through major and minor home repair and children's programs and students will spend two days working with families on major or minor home repair projects in the community and two days helping renovate and build in-camp facilities.  In the morning, students will participate in camp-wide morning devotionals led by student volunteers.  In the evening, students can be a part of sharing, devotions, and worship.  Students will also attend a local church! 

This trip partners with Send Relief, the relief arm of the North American Missions board, to send students to the gulf to help in the ongoing rebuilding in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.  Students will spend the week working in different communities of Houston that were most affected by the hurricane and can expect to assist in construction related projects.  Students will spend their days working under trained professionals and then return together in the evening for presentations from community members about the effects of Hurricane Harvey on various communities within Houston.  They as well as engage in worship with other students involved in relief work that week. 

Experience San Francisco through a variety of lenses while staying at a hostel in the heart of the city. Wheaton students will partner with and learn about a variety of organizations while focusing on ministering to people experiencing homelessness in San Francisco. Outreach and learning opportunities include visiting Church of the Sojourners, an intentional living Christian community, and partnering with InnerCHANGE, Youth with a Mission, and the San Francisco/Marin Food Bank.