Wake Alternative Break

Wake Alternative Break

Wake Alternative Break (WAB) is a weeklong alternative spring break program for Wake Forest University undergraduates. 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. Participants are accepted on a rolling basis and the application can be accessed here. Once registration is closed, participants will meet with their WAB trip leaders to prepare for their trips.

WAB 2018 Trip Locations and Descriptions:


  1. Full: 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.
  2. Full: Chicago, IL (Latino Community Services): Students and staff will volunteer at Casa Central. 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. Wake Forest University students and staff will volunteer with elementary and middle school students at Casa Central, performing tasks from tutoring to preparing meals with teachers.
  3. Full: New Orleans, LA (Disaster Relief/Rebuilding): United Saints Recovery Project is a grassroots, volunteer-based nonprofit organization working to help restore the homes and hearts of communities affected by natural disasters. United Saints Recovery Project assists communities that have suffered damage from natural disasters, helps residents return home, improves their quality of life, and strengthens their communities. Wake Forest students will assist United Saints in this mission by rebuilding homes and engaging homeowners. Twelve years after Hurricane Katrina, students will have the opportunity to reflect on the national and local response to the storm and the intersections of race, class, and social justice through their partnership with United Saints.
  4. Full: Tallahassee, FL (Public Health): Students will participate in public health relief efforts in the aftermath to Hurricane Irma.
  5. Full: 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.
  6. Full: Washington, DC (First Generation College Access): This trip will provide students the opportunity to work on and learn more about issues of college access for first generation students. Students will also meet with policymakers and advocates for college access.
  7. Atlanta, GA (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.

Program Information

Application Deadline: ROLLING
Program: March 4-10, 2018

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis and can be accessed here. Please allow at least a week after submission to hear back about your acceptance.

Once you are accepted, you are required to submit a $350.00 participation fee. The fee covers all program activities, transportation, and food for the program dates.  You may pay by check or cash.

Checks should be made out to Wake Forest University with the student’s name in the subject line and turned into the Campus Kitchen Lounge on Thursdays between 9am-5pm:

WAB c/o Fahim Gulamali
Pro Humanitate Institute

Financial Aid
Limited financial aid is available for students for which the program fee would be a financial burden. Please fill this form out if you need financial aid. Students in need of financial aid should indicate so on their applications; we seek to provide funding for all participants.  There are two ways that accepted students may pay for the program.  No payment is required to apply.

Fahim Gulamali (gulamafa@wfu.edu)