A.W.O.L. is BVU's alternative spring break program. In the past sixteen years we have sent 543 volunteers 123,000 miles to volunteer 18,000 hours of service! We have volunteered in five different countries and ten different states.

Mission: To immerse students in different cultures, heightened social awareness, and to advocate life-long social action through service on a local, regional, national and international level.

This year's student coordinators Caitlin Bach, Bonnie Keller, and Ryan Mellott have developed four wonderful trips!

Learning Outcomes:

  • Develop an understanding of relevant social issues and their root causes
  • Gain an understanding of concepts of social justice, including power, privilege, oppression and difference
  • Share information with others about social issues
  • Gain tools to become engaged in community efforts and act on social issues throughout their lives
  • Develop a personal and sustainable commitment to Civic Engagement and become actively involved.
  • Distinguish the difference between volunteerism and social justice/ civic engagement.
  • Demonstrate the ability to effectively facilitate reflection and discussion among peers

*Adapted from the College of William and Mary.

AWOL 2015 Trip Descriptions will be released in August

Check out the 2014 AWOL Trip blogs!

BVU Service Trip Locations

Click on a marker to find out more about a trip location, or click here to see a larger version of the map!