Applying for a Branch Out National Alternative Break
If you were not selected by lottery, or missed the lottery sign-ups, you can still apply to participate in a Branch Out National alternative break! We fill two of the ten slots for participants on each trip by application, once the lottery is finished.
Information and Details
Applications and for BON participants are due Monday, January 27 at noon to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applicants must also submit a $15 deposit via W&M Express or by check made to the College of William and Mary and brought to the Office of Community Engagement, Blow 326A, by the application deadline. See below for application information. All BON applicants will be notified of their status on January 28 via email.
If you'd like to apply for financial aid for your trip, be sure to do so by noon on Tuesday, January 28.
The first (and mandatory) team meeting for Branch Out National is Friday, January 31 from 5:00 to 7:30 pm in the Commonwealth Auditorium in the Campus Center. You'll meet your team leaders, fellow participants, learn about your trip, and - importantly - pay for your trip. Please bring a check made out to The College of William and Mary (with BON on the subject line), or cash. The cost is $250 for all trips, so after paying a $15 deposit you will owe $235. You may also pay online with W&M Express, by January 31 at noon.
All trips take place between March 1 and 9, and either run usually Saturday to Saturday or Sunday to Sunday.
- Attend the mandatory first team meeting on January 31 from 5:00 to 7:30 pm
- Pay the $235 after deposit in full (cash or check) at the first meeting
- Attend an additional three pre-trip team meetings (meeting dates/times to be determined with your team) and one post-trip reorientation meeting with your team, as well as the Branch Out Reorientation event on March 13
- Be an active and enthusiastic participant in all aspects of the trip, remaining with the group throughout the alternative break
- Abide by Branch Out's substance-free policy
Answer the following questions in the body of an email, with the subject line reading “Last Name, 2014 BON application,” (but use your last name… this is the first test).
Emails should be sent to Branch Out National at email@example.com by noon on Monday, January 27.
Student ID number:
Gmail address, if applicable:
Cell phone number:
How did you hear about these trips?
What other organizations on campus are you involved in?
Are you van certified?
What is your t-shirt size?
From the list below, please choose and rank 1-4 (1 being most interested, 4 being least interested) the trips in which you are most interested. We will try our best to match you with your first or second choice. For more information on each issue please visit our list of current trips.
- Addressing the Opportunity Gap: Education Inequality in Rural America
- Beyond Spare Change: Exploring the Relationships between Homelessness and Urban Poverty
- Bridging Generations: Reaching Out to Isolated and Lonely Senior Citizens
- Fill in the Blank: Providing Health Care to Those Who Lack Access in Rural Communities
- Greenhouse Powerhouse: Exploring Sustainable Food Systems and Empowering Locals at Lynchburg Grows
- Hammering Out Homelessness: Building Up Communities Through Affordable Housing
- Hungry for Justice: Exploring the Intersections of Hunger, Homelessness, and Jobs for People Who Were Previously Incarcerated
- Imagine the World in Books: Promoting Literacy with Early Childhood EducationJustice for the Mountains: Spring Break in Appalachia, VA
- Labor Rights and Living Wages: Exploring the Issues in Philadelphia with Arch Street UMC
- Spreading Knowledge, Not Ignorance: Promoting HIV/AIDS Prevention and Awareness in the Richmond Community
- Virginia Organizing: Grassroots Community Organizing, Engagement, and Empowerment
Please answer the following questions, limiting your answers to 300 words per bullet.
- Have you ever been on an alternative break before? Please describe your experience. If you have not, have you gone through the lottery process before?
- Please tell us about your experience with service and community engagement.
- What are your expectations for this trip and why do you want to be a participant?
- Why did you select the trips you chose?
Please sign your application electronically, to denote your acceptance of all the responsibilities of being a participant (listed above).
Email BON Leadership at firstname.lastname@example.org. Student directors are Amber Irvin and Aly Kozacek, and the staff advisor is Melody Porter.