Branch Out Regional alternative breaks allow students to visit and impact another community in the region during Fall Break (October 10-13) or MLK weekend (January 16-18).
Two site leaders lead each team of 10 participants to perform service with a regional community partner. Each team will meet for three pre-trip meetings to delve into issue education; then, during their trips, they will participate in strong direct service and reflection. Finally, teams will attend a reorientation meeting or event following their return to campus. 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
Sign up on our current trips page. For upcoming trips, 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.
All participants must submit an Emergency Information Form by the week before the trip begins.
Staff Advisors: [[mcporter, Melody Porter]] and [[rcneely, Rachel Neely]]
Student Directors: [[e|nrhandley, Noella Handley]] and [[e|sssathi, Sruvee Sathi]]