WAB (Wake Alternative Break) is a week long alternative spring break program for Wake Forest University undergraduates. This academic year, WAB will take place from March 5-11, 2017. Through WAB, students have the opportunity to travel to cities in the United States within driving distance. During the week, students will focus on a particular social justice issue; engage in readings, reflections, and blogging; and participate in direct service. Visit the WAB Tumblr to read about students’ experiences on prior trips. Participant applications can be found HERE. Scholarships are available so please fill this form out if you need financial aid. Participants are accepted on a rolling basis. Once registration is closed, participants will meet with their WAB trip leaders to prepare for their trips. WAB 2017 Trip Locations:
- Asheville, NC (LGBTQ Social Services): This trip will provide students the opportunity to work on and learn about LGBTQ-oriented social service programs. Students will also meet with policymakers and advocates for the North Carolina LGBTQ community. This trip is in partnership with with the WFU LGBTQ Center, SisterCare WNC, and LGBT Elder Advocates of WNC.
- Civil Rights Tour
- Otway, OH (Sustainable Agriculture): Hurricane Run Farm is a small farm in an isolated valley near Shawnee State Forest. They produce a wide variety of vegetables, fruits, jams and jellies, baked goods, and granola. Students will volunteer at Hurricane Run Farm and learn about the importance of sustainable farming.
- Roanoke, VA (Public Health): Students will volunteer through the Southeast Rural Community Assistance Project (SERCAP), a nonprofit organization that helps small rural towns and communities needing aid in upgrading their water and wastewater systems. They also provide training and technical assistance to rural residents for operation and maintenance of those systems, for capacity building, and for economic development in their communities. Last year, students volunteered at the Veterans Administration; Goodwill; the Child health Investment Partnership; and participated in an interactive presentation about the intersections of sexual violence and health care.
- Shenandoah Valley, VA (Mindfulness and Environmental Conservation): Students will partner with Shenandoah National Park through the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation. Students will work and stay at the park located on the South Fork of the Shenandoah River with more than 1,600 acres along 5.2 miles of shoreline. Students will clear the trails and learn about the intersections of mindfulness and environmental conservation through discussions with park rangers. This trip is in partnership with Thrive.
- Washington, DC (Interfaith Activism): WAB Interfaith is an opportunity for people of every faith tradition, spirituality, and philosophical worldview to learn about and participate in the incredible work of the faith-based non-profit world. No matter where you orient yourself around religion and spirituality, WAB Interfaith promises to be an engaging witness to faith in action! This trip is in partnership with the Chaplain’s Office.
- Asheville, NC (Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault): This trip will provide students with the opportunity to serve with and learn about sexual assault and domestic violence organizations. Students will also meet with policymakers and advocates. This trip is in partnership with the WFU Women’s Center.
- Atlanta, GA (Displaced Peoples): According to the United Nations, a displaced person is an individual who is forced to leave their home due to conflict-induced displacement, economic hardship, or disaster. This trip will travel to Atlanta, GA to explore the issues, organizations, and policies surrounding displaced peoples across the world. This trip is in partnership with the WFU Center for Global Programs and Studies.
- Eastern North Carolina (Disaster Relief/Rebuilding): Students will participate in direct service efforts to help restore homes and businesses affected by Hurricane Matthew.
Please visit the WAB for more detailed information.