Student groups are invited to submit applications to develop an alternative break with Branch Out International. Applications are accepted each spring for the following academic year. Membership in Branch Out provides alternative break teams training in best practices in active citizenship and community partnership development, a supportive community of fellow alternative breakers, and access to resources offered by Branch Out.
Requirements for Branch Out International Membership
- Membership in Branch Out International (BOI) is open to student-led international alternative break trips.
- Two site leaders for each Branch Out International team must participate fully in BOI activities:
- Eight training sessions on Thursday evenings from 4 to 5:30 pm during fall semester
- Overnight retreat September 18-19, 2015
- Monthly meetings with advisors
- Recruitment must be coordinated through BOI.
- Site leaders and team members must submit all required paperwork to the OCE on time.
- Site Leaders may have no more than three excused absences between them. Missing the training retreat, or more than three training or advising meetings, will result in a team’s removal from Branch Out International membership.
- All Branch Out International trips are alcohol and substance free. This policy is non-negotiable.
- Any Branch Out International trips to countries on the State Department Travel Warning list must comply with the College's Travel Warning Policy and be approved by the Travel Warning Review Committee. Branch Out alternative breaks are considered to be supported by the university.
Branch Out International Application Process
Site leaders apply on behalf of their teams for membership in Branch Out International. Applications are reviewed by a committee including the Branch Out student directors and the Associate Director of Community Engagement. Applications are evaluated based on the partnership developed with the host site, positive impact made on community and students, preparation of student leaders, and congruence with the Branch Out alternative breaks mission and vision. Returning teams must submit completed impact plans and evaluations from the previous year to be considered for membership.
Please read about our values and practices carefully to ensure that your proposed trip is a good fit for Branch Out.
All applicants must attend an informational meeting about the application process.
We are happy to debut a new high-tech, internet-age application for 2015 - 2016. Please copy this application template, save it with the name of your proposed alternative break, complete the information on it for 2015, and share it back with email@example.com. This format will allow our teams to track their changes from year to year, as they grow with Branch Out and in their community partnerships.
If you are proposing to work with a community partner with whom you have not worked before, we require that you visit the partner, or interview and receive recommendations from two community or university groups who have worked with them before. Please follow our guidelines for recommendations, and submit complete notes in one Microsoft Word document to firstname.lastname@example.org before the application deadline.