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BreakOut and Go on an Adventure!

Are you looking for a way to expand your knowledge on different domestic or international issues while sharing in partnership with others? A BreakOut trip is an experiential opportunity to engage with others through a variety of services, including but not limited to: visiting seniors, engaging in learning about a social justice issue, tutoring and mentoring school-aged children, cultural immersion and appreciation, and many other opportunities, while also broadening your own perspectives.

BreakOut groups prepare together and use group reflection and journaling to make essential connections between the experience and a larger goal of social justice, rooted in Catholic Social Teaching.

Questions? Contact Mary Niebler

Breakout Dates and Locations for 2023-24

These are the Breakout experiences currently scheduled for the 2023-24 academic year. Click on the name of a trip to read details about the breakout. To register, visit and then visit the payment site to submit the program fee.

Labor day weekend--September 1-4, 2023

Appalachia Immersion in Salyersville, KY

  • Applications open August 1 and will close on August 21
Fall BreakOut--October 14-17, 2023

From Tolton to Ferguson in and around St. Louis, MO

REAL Dayton in Dayton, OH

  • Applications open August 1 and close September 22


Spring BreakOut--February 22-25, 2024

Appalachia Immersion in Salyersville, KY

  • Applications open October 15 and close January 15
EAster BreakOuts--March 23-April 1, 2024

Quito, Otangachi and Otonga, Ecuador

  • Applications open October 15 and close January 15

May BreakOuts

Civil Rights Pilgrimage throughout the South--May 6-12, 2024
El Salvador and US-Mexico Border--May 6-20, 2024
Marianist Universities Collaborative Immersion to San Antonio--May 13-21, 2024

  • Applications open October 15
Life's Gifts in Ecuador

A friendship between two biologists, one a Marianist in Ecuador and the other a professor at UD, has created and sustained the Center for Social Concern's BreakOut to Ecuador in this feature story in The University of Dayton Magazine, written by Dominic Sanfilippo '16.

A Life-Changing Experience in El Salvador

I had anticipated that my time in El Salvador would be a life-changing experience, but I had no idea that these eight days would change my perspective on faith, service, and international relations...

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Hangin' with Homies in Los Angeles

The visit to Homeboy Industries was something that really impacted me and changed how I think about gang violence.  I think I used to look at gang members as bad people that chose to get into this dangerous lifestyle, but after talking to Raymond, I can’t help but picture the young boys of the neighborhood witnessing endless violence and feeling unstoppable pain.  They search for safety and security, and have no idea where else to find it but in a gang like the ones their family members chose...

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Union Rescue Mission in Los Angeles
The Union Rescue Mission was definitely an amazing experience to say the least. Not only did we get to help in the kitchen and serve food but we also got a tour of all five floors of the facility. The tour was amazing, however our tour guide was the true treat. Our tour guide was and currently is a resident at union rescue mission who had completely changed his life with the help of  Union Rescue Mission. He was knowledgeable and thorough with his tour of Union Rescue Mission and on top of that he was a true testament of the ability of the organization to help bring change in the lives of those who need it most.
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Participants' quotes

It's hard to believe a year ago, I was preparing for a week-long immersion in Tijuana, Mexico. One year later, that week has changed my life so greatly, and I am preparing for a semester-long immersion across Central America. It is incredible the impact that that week had on my life, and I can't even wait to see the impact that this semester will have.    --Julie Benedetto

I learned the value and appreciation of different cultures and how much there is to be gained by an experience if you immerse your whole self, not just part of. I learned to love the twelve people I was with and I learned this very quickly, I learned the value of lending a helping hand, I learned the value of seeing another smile and watching their eyes twinkle with happiness, I learned how to tie a bracelet for a small wrist, I learned how to drive in Puerto Rico…I learned how to open my whole heart to an experience, forget about time, forget about my phone, and love fearlessly. I learned the value of value and love.  -–Morgan Cox

I learned a lot about the social challenges facing major cities including Chicago, and developed strong relationships that have lasted after the trip with my fellow flyers.  --Kyle Brun


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