In a Branch Out alternative break, you can join with a group of students during fall, winter, or spring break to work in partnership with host organizations on community-driven goals, focused on a particular social justice topic.
We are planning in-person alternative breaks for 2021-22, and one virtual fall alternative break. Please note: all participants and leaders of Branch Out alternative breaks must be fully vaccinated to participate in in-person alternative breaks. Our breaks are in close quarters, including van transportation, shared sleeping quarters, and shared meals. We frequently partner and interact with members of vulnerable communities, and want to show our utmost respect and care for them.
All alternative breaks are free, thanks to the generosity of our funders.
- Before the trip: Participants attend all pre-trip meetings with their team and complete any assignments or tasks assigned by their site leaders.
- During the trip: Participants take part in strong, direct service to the best of their ability, and engage in daily reflection conversations with their team. Participants abide by all William & Mary and Branch Out policies, including our commitment to abstaining from alcohol and drug use during breaks.
- After the trip: Participants attend Branch Out’s Welcome Back dinner with their team, join team reorientation efforts, and develop their own post-break action and reorientation plans.