How We Work with Schools

“Being part of a community of educators and administrators who ‘get it’ can't be understated. The challenges of running alternative break programs are so unique and being able to have this space to reflect and problem solve with Break Away is so beneficial.”


Break Away Chapter schools are a committed and collaborative network of alternative break programs across the country.

Together, we work to invest in mutually-beneficial relationships with communities, develop student leadership, and create experiential learning opportunities around important social justice topics.

As programs are navigating the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re focusing much of our energy on virtual, hybrid, and hyperlocal programming to keep communities and campuses safe, while continuing to create space for students to connect.

Break Away and our Chapter school network can offer you the resources, relationships, analysis, and support to grow or sustain your program — whether your program is just getting started or has been thriving for 20 years.

Learn more about our membership options + resources.


Other nice things people have said about working with us:

“I am one person in one office. Break Away gives me the leverage of hundreds of voices from a national platform to make change on my campus.”


“I am continually impressed by the Break Away listserv. Alternative Break advisors are generally great people and always willing to share resources. This is the BEST professional listserv that I am on. It's useful, used enough but not overused, the content is helpful, and there are few annoying people who post just to hear themselves. Just about every listserv I am on is obnoxious, except for this one.”


“It is hugely important to have the connection to Break Away and know we can reach out when needed for help, advice, pep talks, etc. I couldn't imagine trying to run Alternative Breaks without the support of Break Away, in fact, I had to do it and was not a fan.”


“We invest in Break Away because it offers our students an opportunity to connect with the bigger picture of ‘the movement.’ I think it can be very easy to get wrapped up in our own bubble, but whenever we connect to Break Away (and the many resources), we remember how big the movement is and we feel ties to our peers across the country.”


“Break Away is an invaluable resource to me and our student leaders. The SiteBank and HousingBank alone would be worth the membership fees. But the ongoing professional development, the community with other programs, and the connection with the larger movement make membership a no-brainer.”