Welcome to our blog! We use this as a space to share stories and reflections from recent alternative breakers. If you’re interested in advancing your own social justice education, you can find some recommendations here. Looking to get involved? You’ll want to head over to www.wm.edu/branchout or follow us on Facebook!
Branch Out is the College of William & Mary’s Alternative Break Program. We offer weekend domestic, weeklong domestic, and weeklong international alternative break trips throughout the year.
Our Mission and Vision: Branch Out will engage students in diverse quality alternative breaks so that they become active and educated members of society. Our vision is to create a community of active and educated individuals dedicated to the pursuit of social justice.
Social Justice- working toward a society that values dignity and equality, and that allows all individuals to reach their full potential
Active Citizenship- prioritizing community in values and life choices, and working in groups to achieve shared goals; continuing advocacy, service, and philanthropy after alternative breaks end to further promote community goals and address social issues
Intentionality- ensuring alignment of mission, vision, and values in all our practices; creating high-quality experiences that develop active citizenship and meet community goals
Inclusion- creating a safe and welcoming community for all; ensuring accessibility to programs for a diversity of participants
Collective Leadership- recognizing and utilizing the unique contributions of each person at all levels of the program; creating conditions to empower all to work together toward shared goals
Fun and Lightheartedness- honoring the humanity of each person through humor and encouragement; incorporating warmth and care for community in all processes
Mutually-Beneficial Partnerships- supporting community-driven social change while students learn and are challenged in community settings; working in solidarity with community partners and members; developing active citizenship in all those involved
Sustainability- working toward long-term community partnerships and relationships; retaining and developing student leaders within the program; reducing and offsetting negative environmental impacts; practicing simplicity in budgeting, housing choices, and food, as a way of being in solidarity with community members