Past Alternative Breaks



Social Issue:  HIV/AIDS Awareness
When:  Wintersession, 2014
Where:  New York, NY

God's Love We Deliver (GLWD) provides nutritious, individually-tailored meals to men, women and children living with HIV/AIDS, cancer and other serious illnesses who are too sick to shop or cook for themselves. GLWD is a non-sectarian organization, providing meals with the strong belief of "food as medicine." To that end, GLWD employs a team of registered dietitians who individually tailor meals to each client's specific medical requirements. God's Love provides all services by employing a small but dedicated professional staff and with the critical assistance of over 7,600 volunteers annually.  While serving with God’s Love We Deliver students helped prepare and deliver nutritious and delicious meals to God’s Love clients.  Throughout the week the group worked food prep shifts and delivered meals to clients in all of NYC’s boroughs and New Jersey.




Social Issue:  Urban Reconstruction
When:  Wintersession, 2014
Where:  New Orleans, LA

Since its inception in 1983, the New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity (NOAHH) has been working in partnership with hard working, low-income families in New Orleans to build and finance new, safe, affordable homes. The program makes homeownership possible for families who are unable to qualify for traditional home loans but have a stable job, good or no credit, and the willingness to contribute 350 hours of sweat equity to the building of Habitat homes.  New Orleans continues to rebuild housing that was destroyed by the devastating flooding of Hurricane Katrina. NOAHH has become a beacon of hope in this rebuilding process by recruiting and deploying tens of thousands of volunteers to construct new homes in damaged, blighted neighborhoods. We continued Wellesley’s service tradition over Wintersession by working with NOAHH and Grow Dat Youth Farm, aiding in urban reconstruction after Hurricane Katrina in 2005.




Social Issue:  Environmental Stewardship
When:  Spring Break, 2014
Where:  Everglades and Biscayne National Parks, Florida

In 1916, the National Park Service was created to maintain and protect special places for the continued benefit, inspiration and enjoyment of all Americans.  Over 84 million acres of land fall under the protection of the National Park Service in 401 National Parks, and our Alternative Break trip to Florida provided students with a unique opportunity to work within 2 of our great national parks:  Everglades National Park and Biscayne National Park.  Everglades National Park protects the largest subtropical wilderness in the United States and is also a World Heritage Site.  Established in the same year, Biscayne National Park protects a rare combination of aquamarine waters, emerald islands, and fish-bejeweled coral reefs, and is in fact known to be one of the best areas for scuba-diving and snorkeling in the United States.  Breakers worked in partnership with the NPS to preserve and restore these ecosystems.  Our experiences, education, and reflection taught us the value of state parks, and a considerable amount about environmental stewardship and human impact.




Social Issue:  Animal Rights, Animal Welfare
When:  Spring Break, 2014
Where:  Chestertown, MD

The Mid-Atlantic Border Collie Rescue is a non-profit organization serving the Mid-Atlantic region.  MACBR takes in and rehabilitates Border Collies that have been abandoned, abused, neglected as well as stray Border Collies.  Since the breed has particular needs and energy levels, many former owners find themselves unable to care properly for Border Collies.  MABCR places Collies into caring, responsible homes based on the needs of each individual dog.  Dogs that need special care are given it, along with training to allow them the chance to rehabilitate. Assessment of each dog can determine if they should be placed as a pet only or an actual working dog home, involved in herding, goose removal, agility or obedience.  Our volunteers helped re-fence the entire property, learned about breed-specific rescue, explored the ecosystem of the Chesapeake Bay area, and got to spend time with some wonderful dogs!