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Support Branch Out Alternative Breaks

Help us make these experiences accessible to all students!

Thank you for your interest in supporting Branch Out Alternative Breaks at William & Mary!  There are three ways you can contribute:
  • by building our long-term vitality through our endowment, contributing funds that will be used in perpetuity for financial aid, program support, and the future growth of Branch Out,
  • by providing immediate support for need-based financial aid and general programming for national, regional, and international participants, or 
  • by supporting a particular Branch Out International team.

Read more about the options and individual international alternative breaks below.  You may give to our current year's program and individual trips here.  Please be sure to designate the trip you're supporting, or if you're supporting "Alternative Breaks Need-Based Aid."

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Our Endowment

Established in 2012 by generous alumni, our endowment will ensure availability of need-based financial aid in perpetuity. As it grows, it will also support other program needs, including reducing overall trip cost and supporting student leader training. Your gift to our endowment is a way for your Branch Out love to last a lifetime.

Need-Based Financial Aid

Branch Out Alternative Breaks values socioeconomic diversity on our teams, and works hard to make programs accessible to all students, regardless of income. Financial Aid is awarded to participants by application, and all participants must contribute a minimum amount to their trips ($50 for national trips, $300 for international). Your gift will allow us to reduce barriers for students with need to participate in our alternative breaks. Visit this page to donate.

Individual Trips

Each team works hard to raise funds to make their trips more affordable for all participants. Your gift will reduce the overall cost of the trip for each participant, providing supplies for the teams to use, donations to host communities, and travel expenses for team members. Please note that donations cannot be designated to support individual students; gifts must be evenly allocated among all team members due to IRS rules. Visit this page to donate.

Global Health Ghana

Global Health Ghana is student-run organization from the College of William & Mary traveling to Ghana in January 2016 to partner with Light for Children, a Ghanaian NGO focused on youth development.

Bridges to Community
Bridges to Community

Bridges to Community is a non-profit community development organization that builds houses for deserving families in Nicaragua. By working side by side with members of the community, Bridges facilitates cross-cultural communication and extremely rewarding  relationships of empathy, respect, and support.

Kenya Sustainable Village Project
Kenya Sustainable Village Project

KSVP strives to support the Nyumbani Village with student teams and funding to help sustainably meet the basic needs of marginalized people affected by the HIV/AIDS generation gap in rural Kenya. Community engagement projects reflect a direct partnership and stated needs of both administrators and residents, without creating dependency. Students also learn about the intersection of sustainability and community engagement to encourage more active citizenship in daily life.

Orphanage Outreach
Outreach 360

Outreach 360 is a non-profit organization which seeks to educate orphaned, abandoned, and disadvantaged youth in order to strengthen candidacy for university acceptance and job opportunities.  The mission of Outreach 360 is to transform individuals, families, communities, and countries through English education and development in local schools. As we serve the local community in Monte Cristi, Dominican Republic, we hope to release the hero within these children, and that the hero within us will be released as well.


The mission of SPAID is to establish partnerships with local communities and NGOs in Ghana and carry out research that helps elucidate community needs and facilitate community-based development that is sustainable, ethical, and inclusive.  SPAID seeks to gather the information necessary to empower a community to develop from within, based on self-determined need.

The group with our awesome community partner, Robenson
W&M Haiti Compact

 The W&M Haiti Compact alternative break was developed for William & Mary students to participate in rebuilding and recovery after the January 12, 2010 earthquake in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti and its surrounding areas.  As part of a national group of teams from college across the country, our team has committed to returning to Haiti for eight years of alternative breaks, learning in-depth about social issues affecting the communities with whom we work, educating the campus and others about our experience, and serving as lifelong advocates for Haitian empowerment.  The William & Mary Haiti Compact partners with Sonje Ayiti.


TREE works in Bahia de Caraquez, Ecuador, on projects of youth empowerment and reforestation. While this is the first year for Branch Out to work with Global Student Embassy, individual students and a class have visited and partnered with GSE in previous years.

Schoolhouse Block

SchoolHouse Block is an innovative, education-based organization with a commitment to gender equality, sustainability, cultural awareness, and public health. In partnership with the nonprofit buildOn, members will be travelling to Nepal to break ground on their first school abroad through the duration of this upcoming spring break. Focusing on communities in the Kathmandu Valley area, SchoolHouse Block members will have the opportunity to build agency and capacity within a Nepali community by merging education with cultural understanding and long-term sustainability.

W&M Medical Relief

W&M Medical Relief is a student-run organization centered on providing medical aid, dental care, & health education to underserved communities in Nicaragua.

Other Ways to Contribute

If you would like to contribute with a check, please make it out to The College of William & Mary, note where you’d like your donation to be applied in the memo line, and mail it to:

Blow Memorial Hall 326A
College of William & Mary
PO Box 8795
Williamsburg, VA 23187-8795