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Branch Out International

William & Mary's Branch Out International alternative breaks provide opportunities for students to work for social justice and become active citizens through the processDancing in the Dominican Republic with SOMOS of mutual service in collaboration with communities outside the United States.  Each Branch Out International alternative break is led by students who have previously visited their site and worked closely with partners in the community to determine beneficial and responsible projects.  Team sizes range from 8 to 20, and trips take place over winter, spring and summer breaks.  All Branch Out alternative breaks are alcohol and other drug free.

How to Get Involved

Branch Out International teams are open to new members through an application process.  Many BOI teams recruit for new members in both the fall and spring; please watch the OCE Events page for updates about recruitment.  Leaders for each Branch Out International alternative break team is determined by that team's membership. 

You may learn more about each trip by contacting the trip's team leaders.  Because of the high level of commitment required for an international alternative break (in terms of time, focus and fundraising efforts), Branch Out requires that students participate in only one Branch Out International alternative break each year. 

Student groups join Branch Out through an application process each spring. Branch Out International trains site leaders for each trip through a retreat in August and weekly sessions through the fall semester.  We also offer monthly advising, fundraising assistance and the opportunity for individual participants to apply for need-based financial aid. 

Contacts

Staff Advisor: [[mcporter, Melody Porter]] 
Student Directors:  [[e|mglobeck, Marge Lobeck]] and [[e|eashaw, Lizzie Shaw]]