Alternative Winter Breaks

Many an active citizen has been inspired by the great work Martin Luther King, Jr. did for justice. In honor of King's vision of a beloved community, alternative breakers at William & Mary engage in our region every in January in honor of MLK weekend. In 2019, note that it will not take place during the MLK holiday weekend.

Lottery Application

The application will be available on our TribeLink under Forms, by the end of October 2018.

All winter weekend alternative breaks span from Saturday, January 12 to Monday, January 15. Participants are responsible for their own transportation to Williamsburg before the start of the trip. We're proud to be able to offer our winter weekend breaks for free to W&M students, thanks to the generosity of William & Mary families through the Parent's Fund. 

The winter weeklong alternative break spans from Sunday, January 6th to through Saturday, January 12th. The trip costs $600 per participant for the winter weeklong break. We are proud to be able to offer financial aid for all our trips. Please consult our financial aid page for more information about our policies.

Trip Descriptions
The Lemon Project
Mission: The goal of the project is to better understand, chronicle, and preserve the history of blacks at the College and in the community to promote a deeper understanding of the indebtedness of the College to the work and support of its diverse neighbors.
Site leaders: Brendan Boylan and Angela West
Social justice sphere: Recognition of and reconciliation with the history of slavery and Jim Crow at the College

Campus Pride
Mission: Campus Pride serves LGBTQ and ally student leaders and campus organizations in the areas of leadership development, support programs and services to create safer, more inclusive LGBTQ-friendly colleges and universities. It exists to develop, support and give “voice and action” in building future LGBTQ and ally student leaders.
Site leaders: Arika Thames and Mia Chand
Social justice sphere: Promotion of rights and inclusivity for members of the LGBTQ communities on college campuses

Virginia Supportive Housing
Mission: VSH strives to permanently house the homeless through case management, counseling and skills training, as well as community building.
Site leaders: Charlie Balaan and Angela Tiangco
Social justice sphere: Affordable and Secure Housing

East Coast Migrant Head Start Project
Mission: East Coast Migrant Head Start Project is committed to preparing the children of migrant and seasonal farm workers for success. We do this by providing holistic, high-quality early childhood education services for children and families in a nurturing, culturally-sensitive environment, and by providing services and advocating for children and families in their other areas of need.

Site leaders: Jenny McCann and Abigail McFarland
Social justice sphere: Immigration and Education