Branch Out Alternative Breaks

Active citizens in partnership for positive change

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. 

Currently enrolled undergraduate and graduate students are welcome to join one of our teams that travel during fall, winter, and spring breaks. 

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Apply for a SPRING Alternative Break


Position Descriptions
Payment Information

Fall and winter weekend breaks are $10 per participant, and spring and winter week-long breaks are $20. These costs cover housing, food, transportation, and site fees. Payments for fall and winter breaks are due on the date of the welcome meeting.

Pay Online

To pay by cash or check (made to William & Mary), bring this form to the Cashier's Office on the first floor of Blow Hall, 262 Richmond Road. 

If you need financial assistance to participate in a break, email [[oce]] with your request before the application deadline. We're grateful to our generous donors for making breaks financially accessible to everyone.

Because we pay for many of our expenses in advance, payments are not refundable except in special circumstances. 

Participant Responsibilities
  • 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 reorientation dinner with their team, join team reorientation efforts, and develop their own post-break action and reorientation plans.