Wake Alternative Break

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.

Wake Alternative Break - Shanendoah Valley
Wake Alternative Break - NC
Wake Alternative Break - Ohio
Wake Alternative Break - New Orleans
Wake Alternative Break
Wake Alternative Break - Kayak

Wake Alternative Break Information

  • Fees: There is a $350.00 participation fee that covers all program activities, transportation, and food for participants. Fees can be paid online, via check, or with cash.
  • Paying via check? Checks should be made out to Wake Forest University with the student’s name in the subject line, and turned into the Office of Civic & Community Engagement.
  • Need financial assistance to attend? Limited scholarship opportunities are available for participants.

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In Review: 2019 Wake Alternative Break

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.