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Apply to Participate

Applications for student participants on 2015 Alternative Spring Break trips are now closed, but please check back in August for Alternative Fall Break 2015 applications!

Learn more about the process on the What are Alternative Breaks? page, by attending a future interest session or by reading the Participant Orientation Packet. While we encourage attendance at these sessions, attending an interest session is not a requirement to 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 an AFB or ASB trip leader are available HERE March 23 - April 2, 2015. Students interested in being an ABL should look at the 15-16 dates found here as well as the ABL Expectations found here to ensure they can fulfill the committment before applying.

If you have any questions, please contact MaryAnn Gibney at or (865) 974-5455.

Meet your 2014-2015 Break Trip Leaders!

The Center for Leadership and Service has 24 amazing Alternative Break Leaders (ABLs) who will work hard throughout the 14-15 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

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.

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 have selected all of our 2014-2015 Alternative Break Learning Partners, but if you would like to indicate an interest in serving as a Learning Partner on a future Alternative Break Trip, or have questions about the LP position, please email Kate Kennedy at


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