You’ve heard the ABCs are a unique conference experience — what does that look like in practice? This FAQ section is intended to answer lingering questions you may have.
With the pandemic still a very real threat, we’re not yet making any decisions about the format (virtual vs. in-person) of the 2021 ABCs. Information about the registration process, payment, and the Staff Development Track can be found on their respective pages. We will continue to expand on these general FAQs over time.
Please reach out if you still have unanswered questions — we promise we don't bite!
Updated September 2020
Much like a traditional alternative break, the ABCs are an immersive experience — in short, the ABCs are intense.
We believe the ABCs are an experience we create together (staff, participants, and community partners). And like many things, you get out of the ABCs what you put into them. For that reason, we strive to create an environment where people are participating fully and we recognize that may look different for everyone. We want participants to take time to meet their own needs and we’re eager to work with you to make that happen.
We encourage people to start by taking a look at the conference sample schedule (see the 2019 in-person and 2020 virtual sample schedules). We’ve tried to outline the most frequently asked questions here but encourage you to reach out to discuss further. We won’t expect you to disclose or discuss a disability or other particulars unless you feel comfortable. We believe accommodations are a fundamental right.
The ABCs are a community experience — in addition to attending workshops together during the day, at in-person ABCs, we also share living space. It’s part of the immersive experience that makes the ABCs more intentional.
Housing specifics vary by ABCs. Broadly, your registration fee includes shared housing for the duration of the conference — often in a campus dorm or similarly low-frills setting. Roommates will be assigned by the Break Away staff, unless specific requests are made.
Depending on the conference location, meals are either provided in partnership with the host site or cooked by the Break Away staff. We take the dietary needs and restrictions you confide in us seriously and are committed to providing well-rounded meals throughout the conference. When partnering with campus dining or other outside partners, we have less control over how that is executed, but do our best to articulate those needs ahead of time and advocate for our participants during the conference.
We promise to keep you well-fed but you’re welcome to pack your own snacks, if you so desire. If you’ll be fasting while at the ABCs, please inform our staff and we’ll help ensure there’s food available to you at appropriate times.
As part of an alternative break experience, the ABCs includes an emphasis on service as an opportunity to support, learn from, and build relationships with the community.