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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