Wake Alternative Break

Wake Alternative Break (WAB) is a week-long alternative spring break program for Wake Forest undergraduate students that provides service-learning trips based on specific social issues.

Each trip places an emphasis on service, community building, experiential learning, and reflection. Inspiring participants to return to campus motivated to positively impact their university, local, national, and international communities.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, and trips are filled first-come, first-served. Accepted students will meet with their Wake Alternative Break trip leaders during the spring semester to prepare for their trips.

For any questions about WAB, please contact Deb Marke.

Get Involved

Lead a Trip

Gain leadership experience by facilitating a WAB trip.

Go on a Trip

Make a difference by participating in a WAB trip.

WAB 101

  • Students will depart for trips beginning March 4, 2023, and return no later than March 12, 2023.
  • A $100 non-refundable deposit is required upon acceptance to the program and is applied to the total cost of the trip.
  • Participation fees apply and cover all program activities, transportation, and meals for participants.
  • Financial assistance is available for applicable students.

Past Trips

  • Atlanta, Ga. | Animal Advocacy

    Furkids is the largest no-kill animal shelter in the state of Georgia. Its mission: to rescue homeless animals, provide them with the best possible medical care, and support them in a nurturing environment while working to find their forever homes. Students work alongside Furkids staff to renovate their new shelter location, organize and renovate the thrift store, exercise and care for the dogs/puppies, and socialize the cats/kittens.

  • Chicago, Ill. | LatinX Community Services

    Casa Central is the largest Hispanic social service agency in the Midwest. Since 1954, Casa Central has delivered evidence-based, award-winning programming in response to the needs of the Hispanic Community. Students volunteer with elementary and middle school students at Casa Central, where they’ll be helping with tutoring, preparing meals for students, and learning about the needs of the Latinx Community in Chicago.

  • New Orleans, La. | Housing

    United Saints Recovery Project is a grassroots, volunteer-based nonprofit working to restore and strengthen communities affected by natural disasters. Students assist with rebuilding homes and engaging homeowners, while also reflecting on the national and local response to Hurricane Katrina through the lens of race, class, and social justice.

  • Otway, Ohio | Sustainable Agriculture

    Hurricane Run Farm is a small farm in an isolated valley near Shawnee State Forest that produces a wide variety of vegetables, fruits, jams, jellies, baked goods, and granola. Students volunteer on the Farm and learn about the importance of sustainable farming.

  • Shenandoah Valley, Va. | Environmental Conservation

    Shenandoah National Park is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains in central Virginia. Home to a rich Appalachia natural history and known for its conservation efforts, students work alongside park rangers in their conservation efforts, engaging largely with climate change and environmental conservation.