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Branch Out Regional

Go around the corner and open up a whole new world

Branch Out Regional alternative breaks allow students to visit and impact another community in the region over the weekend or during Fall Break.  Many of our trips begin on Friday evening and continue through Saturday, while some are all day Saturday or Sunday.

Branch Out Regional trip to Dayspring Farm Each regional break trip is led by two Site Leaders who plan the trip focused on a social issue of interest, with 10 participants.  All trips include pre-trip meeting for issue education, strong direct service and reflection, and a post-trip reorientation meeting or event.  At least three trips are offered each semester, and all are alcohol- and other drug-free.  

All Branch Our Regional trips are completely free to participants!

What's a Branch Out Regional Break Like?

A recent participant in a Branch Out Regional break said of her experience working with the issue of access to higher education:  "The trip went really well! It was so inspiring to see all of those young men and women have so many ambitious aspirations. It really helped me focus on how important academics are and how I want and need to rekindle my passion for learning. I loved it!" 

Previous trips have addressed various issues, including urban environmental sustainability, access to higher education, the importance of physical fitness for people with disabilities, and HIV education and outreach.

How to Get Involved

Keep an eye on the OCE Events page for upcoming Branch Out Regional alternative breaks - we always post them there, and on the volunteer listserv.  

Sign up in the OCE office, Blow Memorial Hall 326A, between 8:30 and 5, Monday through Friday.  You'll pay a $5 deposit (cash or check) to hold your spot, which will be refunded at the beginning of the trip.  You must sign up before 5 p.m. on the Wednesday before your alternative break.

Sign ups are first-come, first-served. 

Contact

Staff Advisor: [[mcporter, Melody Porter]] 
Student Directors:  [[e|tamack, Taylor Mack]] and [[e|efwolfteich, Emily Wolfteich]]