Each Branch Out National alternative break trip brings 12 students to communities all over the Eastern US to address and learn about social issues ranging from affordable housing to environmental sustainability to economic disparity. Through issue education, direct service and reflection with fellow students, participants often return with a new perspective on some aspect of the trip - themselves, their W&M peers, or the social issue at hand. All Branch Out alternative breaks are alcohol and drug free.
How to Get Involved:
Branch Out National is currently recruiting for its winter break trip and spring break trips!
Sign up to participate in the winter break trip to work with Big Cypress National Preserve in Ochopee, Florida from January 4th-9th. The trip will focus on the issue of public land conservation and restoration. The trip will focus on resoration and preservation of public lands. This trip costs $375 for participants, and financial aid is available.
You can also register for the early decision lottery for one of BON's ten spring break trips. When you sign up for the lottery, you may indicate, in order of preference, which trips you would like to participate in. You will be placed in your highest priority trip that is available when your number is selected. Once you sign up for the lottery, you MUST fill out our emergency information form.
Don't let finances hold you back! Need-based financial aid is available for all our participants, thanks to the generosity of alumni who believe in the power of alternative breaks. See more information in the Financial Information and Important Dates pages.
Watch the OCE home page events column for updates about lottery and application availability.
Staff Advisors: [[mcporter,Melody Porter]] and [[rcneely, Rachel Neely]]
Student Directors: [[e|mefoley, Meghan Foley]] and [[e|ahdoane, Allison Heisel]]