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Who We Are  WUD Alternative Breaks is a fully student-run organization which strives to create a generation of students who are better informed about the social and environmental issues of the world, as to train conscientious and aware leaders for the future.

What We Do  Our committee members work to address social and environmental issues that we face today, through planning events, working with local non-profit organizations and creating service learning trips. Our goal is to bring a larger understanding of social issues to our students and campus community, to keep them open-minded individuals.

Our events range from student panels where one can learn more about others’ experiences with Alternative Breaks, explore organizations that offer various volunteering opportunities, discussing documentaries, and working with other groups to create artwork.

An integral component to an Alternative Breaks trip is having the chance to serve in a diverse set of communities which focus on social and environmental issues that are very different from an individual's hometown and the Madison campus community.

Our Motto

Go.  Alternative Breaks travels to economically, culturally, and environmentally diverse locations all across the United States.

Serve.  We expose students to communities and immersion experiences which cannot be replicated on the UW–Madison campus. These lessons and perspectives can then be brought home to your own communities, growing local service and building cooperative, empathetic students.

Learn.  Alternative Breaks provides service-learning opportunities working with important issues such as the environment, education, immigration, poverty, hunger and more. We believe learning empathy and service-learning can only be accomplished through experience.

Students embark on life-changing experiences of teamwork, high-impact education, and powerful volunteerism, which serves as a vice to instill and inspire individuals to participate in service and build stronger communities in their own hometowns.

For Students, By Students  WUD Alternative Breaks committee is a fully student-run organization. Our committee members design several service-learning trips during winter, spring and summer breaks. We also create educational events for students and the Madison Community, by working with local schools, other student organizations, and nonprofit groups. Students have the opportunity to choose which issues they want to focus on and how they want to play out the dialect.

Part Of Something Larger  Alternative Breaks is one of the ten committees of the Wisconsin Union Directorate (WUD). WUD is one of the largest student-run organizations on campus. See the complete list of WUD committees.

Get Involved  The Alternative Breaks committee meetings every Thursday at 6pm  (check TITU for specific location).  If you are passionate about a social issue(s) and would like to create a service trip or educational event to help address and educate other Badgers on that issue, Alternative Breaks is the way to go! You will learn about project management, gain leadership skills and make an impact in someone’s life! All are welcome anytime throughout the semester.