National Alternative Break Survey

We’re thrilled to announce this year’s edition of the National Alternative Break Survey!

As with all of this semester’s milestones (you may be coming off of a virtual graduation or two this weekend), this one has adapted in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on educational institutions around the world. For the last decade, Break Away’s national survey has documented the development of the alternative break movement, reporting on the collective impact, best practices, and current trends. This year, we believe that work is more important than ever. We want to hear from you, whether or not you were able to send alternative breaks this year. 

We’ve bolstered the survey to include questions specific to the impact of, and the Movement’s response to, the pandemic. We’re interested in the impact of alternative break cancellations on community organizations, how breakers have been convening virtually in the last few months, the projected impact of budget cuts, and how programs are thinking about the next year of alternative break programming. 

As always, we’re committed to sharing this data back to you so that it can inform your work this summer and into the 2020-2021 academic year. Each year’s National Alternative Break Survey Report has been used by programs in benchmarking efforts, budget proposals, strategic planning, and beyond. It helps us tell the story of alternative breaks to our students, colleagues, administrators, and the organizations we work with. Here at HQ, this data directs our efforts to best address the most pressing questions and concerns, driving a year’s worth of curriculum development, calls, videos, and Chapter resources. 

In short, we promise to make the 30ish minutes you’ll spend filling it out worthwhile. You’ll have until Friday, June 12th to submit your survey response.

Before you dive in, a few frequently asked questions to get out of the way:

  • The survey can be filled out by anyone affiliated with your program (students, staff, and GAs all welcome) —  but only one response per program, please. 
  • If COVID-19 thwarted all your plans and you didn’t actually send any alternative breaks this year, please fill it out anyway! We want to capture that story as well. 
  • You’ll be able to start and save your responses for later, in case you aren’t able to finish in one sitting — or look through the pdf ahead of time, if you want to review the questions in advance. If you filled out the survey last year, we might also be able to provide a copy of your response, if you ask nicely.

We can’t wait to read through your responses.

With our deepest gratitude, 

the Break Away team

Fill out the National Alternative Break Survey!