2019-20 Alternative Breaks

Spend your Wintersession or Spring Break making a difference! Join us on one of our Alternative Breaks to learn about social issues. Through hands-on volunteer work and group reflection, we hope to continue the Wellesley tradition of service.


2020 Spring Trips

The 2020 Spring Alternative Break trips will take place over Spring Break, March 21-28, 2019. Trip themes are:

  • Sustainable Living with Woodland Harvest Mountain Farm in West Jefferson, NC
  • Disaster Relief and Recovery with SBP in Monmouth & Ocean County, NJ

All trips leave together from Wellesley College and are free of cost.

The deadline to apply for March 2020 Spring Break Trips is Monday, November 25, 2019 at 11:30 pm. Applications opened Monday, November 11, 2019, and are available in Handshake.

2020 Wintersession Trips

The 2020 Wintersession Alternative Break takes place January 18 - 25, 2020. Trip themes are:

  • Shelters and Anti-Domestic Violence Work
  • LGBTQIA+ Health and Human Rights
  • Public Health and Food Security

All trips leave together from Wellesley College and are free of cost.

The deadline to apply for January 2020 Wintersession trips has now passed.

2019-20 Important Dates and Information

Application Deadlines

  • Wintersession Participant: Thursday, October 17, 2019 at 11:30 pm
  • Spring Break Participant: Monday, November 25, 2019 at 11:30 pm (opens Monday, November 11)

Info Sessions:

  • Wintersession Participant Info Sessions: Wednesday, October 9, 2019, 6–7 PM, Green Hall 130

  • Spring Participant Info Sessions: 
    Tuesday, Nov 12 from 5-6pm in PNE 349
    Wednesday, Nov 20 from 6-7pm in PNE 122 (Well)


Our Vision

We are striving to create a community of active citizens: people who value society as a priority when making life decisions. As part of the Alternative Break experience, participants will become more educated and experienced in all sides of a social issue. Upon return, they will be empowered to make more informed decisions and take meaningful action that supports the greater good. They will become contributing members of society and will weigh in on issues that impact their community.