Wake Alternative Break (WAB) is a week-long alternative spring break program for Wake Forest University undergraduate students.
By participating in Wake Alternative Break, students have the opportunity to visit cities within driving distance from Winston-Salem, and provide direct-service while visiting. Throughout their week of service, students focus on a particular social justice issues; engage in readings, reflections, and blogging; and participate in direct service.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Once registration is closed, participants meet with their Wake Alternative Break trip leaders to prepare for their trips.
Wake Alternative Break 2020 trip locations will be announced in the fall 2019 semester.
In 2019, 40 Wake Forest students participated in alternative breaks. Students completed disaster relief work in New Orleans, La., with the United States Recovery Project; mentored and tutored Latinx elementary and middle school students with Casa Central, the largest Hispanic social service agency in the Midwest, in Chicago, Ill.; worked alongside the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation to help preserve the Shenandoah National Park in Shenandoah Valley, Va.; and learned and engaged in sustainable agriculture at Hurricane Run Farm in Otway, Ohio.
Students also had the opportunity to stay within the state and assist with disaster relief in Warsaw, N.C., from the devastation brought on by Hurricane Florence. The trip was the first of its kind, as it partnered with both the Pro-Humanitate Committee of the Alumni Council and the Alumni Engagement Office. It presented a unique opportunity for both students and alumni to work together in repairing and restoring a home for one of the 955 families displaced by Hurricane Florence.