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Committee FAQs

Learn more about the WUD Alternative Breaks Committee. 

What is the Purpose of Alt Breaks?

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.

Why does Alternative Breaks plan trips?

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.

How do I join the committee?

Come join Alternative Breaks at any point in the semester, just swing by our committee meetings on Thursdays at 6:30 in Union South or email altbreaks@union.wisc.edu to get more information!

What if I don’t have any experience in service learning?

No worries! For many students participating in an Alternative Break trip, it is sometimes their first exposure to service learning.

How do I become a member of the leadership team?

Applications go out at the end of April so look out for an email with all the information! You do not have to have prior experience with Alternative Breaks or WUD, to be considered a leadership position.

What kind of issues can we plan trips around?

We welcome our committee members to plan trips that focus a variety of topics/ themes, including: 

  • Ableism & Disabilities
  • Age & Ageism
  • Animal Welfare
  • Arts
  • Community Organizing
  • Criminal Justice & Prison Reform
  • Disaster Recovery & Rebuilding
  • Education
  • Environment
  • 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.