Alternative Breaks: Frequently Asked Questions

What are Alternative Breaks?
Alternative Breaks are service-oriented, substance-free breaks in which we volunteer with a variety of community partners in order to explore the social, cultural and political issues in that community.  Participants work in teams during the weeks leading up to the break and work in those same teams on the break; after returning home, participants meet a few times more to reflect on their experiences and bring their service back to the Wellesley community.

Who will be leading the trips?
Each team will be led by two student Site Coordinators, with at least one Wellesley faculty or staff member present.

When do Wellesley’s Alternative Breaks happen?
Our Alternative Breaks occur during the last week of Wintersession and over Spring Break. Check out some of our past trips!

Who is able to go on an Alternative Break?
Alternative Breaks are only open to current Wellesley students who are in good academic standing. Alumnae, faculty, staff, administrators and non-Wellesley students aren’t able to participate.

Why are Alternative Breaks alcohol free?
Alternative Breaks were founded as an alternative to the typical spring break experience. Also, while some participants may be legally able to drink, not all participants are able to which causes unnecessary divisions within the team.  Alcohol affects group dynamics, participant safety, the local community, the college, and the national Alternative Break student movement.

How do I pay for my Alternative Break experience?
All costs – including lodging, meals, and transportation to and from the service site – are included. Aside from traveling to Wellesley to meet their teammates at the start of each trip, students are not responsible for covering costs during the break.