What is the Purpose of Alt Breaks?
Why does Alternative Breaks plan trips?
Alternative breaks is an organization that creates events and trips around issues students are interested in learning more about. We achieve our goal but facilitating and coordinating with volunteer and service learning organizations for UW-Madison students. We want our students to understand issues first hand so we send them to communities to understand the severity of these issues.
How do I join the committee?
Each trip provides our Badgers with an unique volunteering experience by focusing on various social issues. Alternative Breaks partners with environmental, social, and business based organizations, making sure that we are able to provide our students with a range of issues to learn about.
What if I don’t have any experience in service learning?
Come join Alternative Breaks at any point in the semester, just swing by our committee meetings on Thursdays at 6:00pm check TITU for the room location. Or email firstname.lastname@example.org to get more information!
What kind of issues can we plan trips around?
No worries! For many students participating in an Alternative Break trip, it is sometimes their first exposure to service learning.
We welcome our committee members to plan trips that focus a variety of topics/ themes, including:
- Ableism & Disabilities
- Age & Ageism
- Animal Welfare
- Community Organizing
- Criminal Justice & Prison Reform
- Disaster Recovery & Rebuilding
- Food & Hunger
- Health (HIV/AIDS, mental health, addiction, public health)
- Historic & Cultural Preservation
- Housing & Homelessness
- Human Trafficking
- Immigration & Refugee Resettlement
- LGBTQ & Gender Equity
- Military & Veterans
- Native Americans & Indigenous Nations
- Race & Racism
- Violence Prevention (gang violence, domestic violence, sexual violence)
- Workers' Rights
- Youth Development
We just try to to avoid having too many trips focused on one topic each break.