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Apply to Participate

Applications to participant in one of five 2016 Alternative Spring Break trips (taking place March 13-19, 2016) are no longer available. Please apply for Alternative Fall Break in Aug. 2016.

Interested applicants should familiarize themselves with the following before they apply:

The application process consists of a set of essays that must be submitted electronically by the due date.  Students will be notified of their application status within 2 weeks of the due date via email. 

Alternative Break Leaders (ABLs)

Alternative Break Leaders (ABLs) are responsible for working with a partner to intentionally select a trip theme and location, create the agenda of service opportunities, plan reflection opportunities, provide pre-trip educational opportunities, and post-trip reorientation opportunities for participants.  In addition, trip leaders will work with the Student Coordinator to provide fundraising opportunities that support the Alternative Break Program.  ABLs will participate in a training program to help facilitate the process of trip preparation and engage trip leaders in relevant leadership training.  There is no requirement that trip leaders have attended an alternative break trip in the past.  A passion for service is all you need to be eligible.

Applications to become a 16-17 AFB or ASB trip leader are AVAILABLE HERE. Students interested in being an ABL should look at the 16-17 dates found here as well as the ABL Expectations found here to ensure they can fulfill the committment.

If you have any questions, please contact MaryAnn Gibney at or (865) 974-1039.

Meet your 2015-2016 Alternative Break Leaders (ABLs)!

The Center for Leadership and Service has 26 amazing Alternative Break Leaders (ABLs) who will work hard throughout the 15-16 academic year to plan and execute 12 amazing and intentional Alternative Break Experiences. You can find out who they are, the themes of their trips and how to contact them here!

Faculty/Staff & Graduate Assistant Learning Partners

Applications to serve as a Learning Partner for the 2015-2016 Alternative Break experiences are now closed. An integral part of this program is our Faculty/Staff and Graduate Assistant Learning Partners (LPs). These members of the experience do not plan the trip, but serve in an advisory capacity throughout the duration of the trip. Learning Partners aide the student trip leaders if any issues were to arise on the trip, but get to fully experience an Alternative Break Trip while volunteering alongside the students. More information about the LP role can be found in this 'LP FAQ' document.

Serving as a Learning Partner is a fantastic way to meet other UT students and staff while giving back to a new community. There is NO trip cost associated with being a Learning Partner. Each trip consists of 12 students, two student trip leaders, one faculty/staff or one Graduate Assistant Learning Partner. We will select all of our 2016-2017 Alternative Break Learning Partners in June/July 2016. Please check this page for the application in Summer 2016. If you would like to indicate an interest in serving as an LP on a future Alternative Break Trip, or have questions about the LP position, please feel free to email Kate Kennedy at


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