Intermediary Organizations

An Intermediary Organization (IO) works to create high-quality service, learning, and/or immersion experiences for groups. Often, IOs will charge an overhead fee to plan or provide  housing, meals, transportation, workshops, project coordination, cultural events, local tours, etc. IOs may recruit volunteers as part of programming and often can help provide connections to local entities and community organizations. Some intermediary organizations work in multiple locations and may have an office outside of the area(s) in which they work.

If your organization is able to support schools in developing an entire volunteer experience and/or charges set fees to volunteers for project coordination and logistical support, we ask that you register as an Intermediary Organization. Our staff will contact you to finalize your profile and to discuss the advertising fee.


Intermediary Organization Membership for 2017-2018 includes the following:

  • Tailored profile in the Break Away SiteBank (learn more below) and ability to modify your profile at any time - including the opportunity to detail program offerings, highlight schools you've worked with in the past, and specify amenities you offer, etc.
  • Promotional materials available on Break Away's website specifically highlighting your organization’s work.
  • Access to our National Conference Call series dedicated to community organizations working with alternative break programs (offered semi-annually - past recordings also available).
  • Individual phone and email consultation and support with Break Away staff regarding your programming.
  • Ability to share promotional materials with students and staff at our national conferences (representing over 100 institutions and over 250 individuals).
  • Ability to promote internships, jobs, and other opportunities on the Forums section of our website (viewable to our 225+ Chapter schools).
Register now for IO Membership

The SiteBank

The SiteBank is a searchable database included with annual Intermediary Organization membership.  The SiteBank is available to Break Away Chapter schools — over 225 alternative break programs that are committed to building a relationship with the organizations and the communities they serve. With an approved profile, you'll be able to update your information for the eager eyes of student and staff leaders. Profiles include organization and contact information, project details, issues of focus, group size, required equipment, cost, and times you're able to work with breakers.


Rubric for Assessing Intermediary Organizations

While we encourage students to work closely with grassroots community efforts, we realize that this kind of collaboration can lie beyond the capacity of alternative break and community groups. We recognize the amount of work involved in developing strong community partnerships and value the support and services that Intermediaries can offer. We provide transparency in the SiteBank around the nature of all organizations and equip Chapter schools with tools and resources to examine which organizations best fit into the mission, aims, and priorities of their alternative break program. For example, some schools may be most concerned about safety, while others place a higher value on relationships with the organization's staff.

Rubric for Assessing Intermediary Organizations

This rubric outlines Break Away's criteria for evaluating Intermediary Organizations. It's what we use in training alternative break leaders in matters of community relationships and impact.