Weeklong Breaks

ASB AE 4.jpgSign ups for weeklong domestic breaks occur on Tuesdays at 7:30am. Alternative Winter Break (AWB) sign ups are September 24th, Alternative Spring Breaks (ASB) sign ups are October 29th, and Alternative Summer Breaks (ASumB) are January 30th. 

Each break has 10 participant spots available to join the 2 site leaders to make a group of twelve volunteers. 

Sign ups occur on a first come basis on the Mary Ellen Brandell Volunteer Center Engage Portal under "Events".


Step One: Log onto Engage before 7:30 on sign-up day. 

Step Three: At 7:30 events with Break issues as titles will appear. Open the form for the Break that you wish to attend. 

Step Four: Click "Sign Up Now."

Step Five: You are now registered to attend an Alternative Break. You will receive a confirmation email from the Student Coordinator with more information.

The Wait List 

Each season of breaks has a wait list, which will be available as an Engage event. Registration for the wait list is the same process as registration for a Break.

Being on the waiting list for an Alternative Break means you are on a waiting list for all of the sites within that season of breaks, but will be able to preference which breaks you would. prefer. If a participant drops a break, the next person on the wait list will be contacted. The wait list is ordered chronologically. If there is no response from the individual being pulled invited to participate in a break, the next person on the waiting list will be contacted to fill the space.

It is unpredictable how many people will be on the waiting list, and how much of the waiting list will be used. You may request to know where you are on the waiting list by contacting the current student coordinator. ‚Äč

Individuals can be added to a break up until the Friday five weeks before the break goes out (or in the case of breaks not leaving the first weekend of the break, five weeks before the beginning of the University break).  

Weekend Sign Ups

Weekends will be through out the fall and spring semester. They typically open at 7:30 a.m. on the third Friday of the month before the Alternative Weekend is set to go out. Sign up dates can be located on the Alternative Weekend page

Alternative Weekend sign ups are also on Mary Ellen Brandell Volunteer Center OrgSync Events page, and follow a format similar to week long breaks. After registering for a weekend break, you will receive a confirmation email from the Student Coordinator.

The site leaders will then contact the group with details about the break and have a group meeting before the Alternative Weekend. 

International Sign Ups

International sign ups work a little bit different. 

To attend an International Break, students must attend a mandatory information session. International information sessions will discuss including cost, location and other details. Once you attend a session, you will be sent an OrgSync form to fill out. After completing the form (usually by the Friday before the Monday sign ups), you will be invited to join an Org page, "International AB." International sign ups will appear as an event on this page at 7:30 a.m. on the day of sign ups. 

Check out the International Alternative Breaks page for more information.