Join our Committee to Create Your Own Volunteer Experience. 

Drop in and get to know WUD Alt Breaks! 

 Fall 2015 committee meetings held Thursdays 5:30pm-7:00pm in Union South. Please check TITU for room number. 


Alternative Breaks provides service learning opportunities working with important issues such as the environment, education, immigration, poverty, and more. We believe learning empathy through travel and service learning can only be accomplished through experience.


Alternative Breaks travels to economically, culturally, and environmentally diverse locations all across the United States and beyond! We have been to South America, Africa and Asia to name a few of our most memorable destinations.


Alternative Breaks exposes students to communities and immersion experiences which cannot be replicated on the UW Madison campus. These lessons and perspectives can then be brought home to your own communities, growing local service and building cooperative, empathetic students. 

Students are Cheap... So are our Trips

  • 1-2 week trips - $250-$500 | Weekend Trips - approximately $25

  • A limited number of partial scholarships are available each trip period, awarded on an/application demonstrated need-basis.

  • Trip participation is based on applications, which are available approx. 6 weeks before trips. 

  • Trips are open to all UW-Madison Undergraduate and Graduate Students, including international students! All participants are students. Trips have no official leader/chaperone.

  • Trips operate based on a collaborative leadership model, meaning trip participants share responsibilities equally and cooperate to accomplish a successful trip.

  • Winter, Spring and Weekend Break trips can be international or domestic road trips with shared driving responsibility, passports and driver authorization required for respective trips. Summer Break trips are usually offered exclusively as international trips.

Training is provided prior to departure.

All participants must attend a mandatory orientation to learn about Alternative Breaks' policies, expectations and to meet their fellow trip-goers!

Additional Info

The Alternative Breaks Program is a student-run committee of the Union's Student Programming Board, the Wisconsin Union Directorate (WUD).

To be a member of the awesome Alternative Breaks Committee, and help plan the trips and other events, please attend one of our weekly meetings held in Memorial Union 5:30-7:00 pm. Check TITU for the Room Number, or send us an email.

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Get Involved!

Become a member of the awesome Alternative Breaks Committee. Help plan Weekend Break trips, Service Days and other possible Service Travel Events.  Come to one of our weekly committee meetings.  Our Spring 2015 Semester meeting time is Thursday 5:30-7:00pm in Memorial Union. Be sure to check TITU for our meeting room number or send us an email at with your questions and ideas!

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