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 other drug free.
How to Get Involved: Sign up for an alternative break in our lottery now!
Branch Out National alternative breaks select participants through an online random lottery takes place in November (for our early decision process) and January. 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.
Don't let finances hold you back! Need-based financial aid is available for all our alternative breaks, 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 Advisor: [[mcporter,Melody Porter]]
Student Directors: [[e|mefoley, Meghan Foley]] and [[e|tevonstetten, Tim Von Stetten]]