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Student Trip Leaders

Applications to become a student trip leader will be available on Monday, March 24, 2014 and are due by 5pm on Thursday, April 3, 2014.  Apply now by clicking here!  Once you complete your application, please use the link provided at the end of the application to sign up for an interview time.  Interviews will be held in the University Center Monday, April 7- Thursday, April 10. 

Please read the following information and important dates to learn more about this opportunity.   Want to learn more before applying?  Attend the interest session on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at 5pm in the Center for Leadership and Service Resource Room (UC 315). 

Student Trip Leaders 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.  Trip Leaders 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.    

The following important dates are required of trip leaders.  Specific dates may vary based on the type of trip (AFB vs. ASB) a student is selected to lead:

  1. Saturday, April 26, 2014 from 10am-5pm: Trip Leader Planning Retreat
  2. Summer 2014: Various deadlines must be met to complete trip proposal
    1. Trip leaders do not need to be on campus for the summer but must have phone and email access.
  3. 2014/2015 Academic Year:
    1. Weekly training meetings will be held Tuesdays from 3:30-5:00pm.  AFB trip leaders will be required to attend during the fall semester prior to their trip.  ASB trip leaders will be required to attend for the last few weeks of the fall semester and during the spring semester prior to their trip.
    2. Occasional evening meetings will be coordinated to welcome selected participants and engage student participants in pre-trip meetings and post-trip reorientation events.
    3. Pre- and/or post-trip service opportunities will be coordinated for a Saturday morning during the semester.
  4. Thursday, October 16- Sunday, October 19- ALTERNATIVE FALL BREAK
  5. Sunday, March 15- Saturday, March 21- ALTERNATIVE SPRING BREAK

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

Apply to Participate

Applications to become a student participant during the 2013-2014 academic year will be available at the following times:

Domestic Alternative Spring Break: Applications are available Wednesday, January 8- Monday, January 20, 2014. Applications are now closed for ASB 2014.

Alternative Fall Break: Wednesday, August 21-Monday, September 2, 2013- Applications are now closed for AFB 2013.

International Alternative Spring Break: Wednesday, August 21-Monday, September 2, 2013- Applications are now closed for iASB 2014.

Learn more about the process on the What are Alternative Breaks? page or by attending a future interest session. While we encourage attendance at these sessions, attending an interest session is not a requirement to apply. 

The application process for AFB and Domestic ASB trips 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.  The application process for International ASB consists of a similar set of essays that must be submitted electronically by the due date.  Students may then be invited to attend a 20-minute interview and will be notified of their final selection status in mid-September.

Meet your 2013-2014 Break Trip Leaders!




Margaret Smith

Student Coordinator

Katie Rall

AFB Team 1

Nicole Skender

AFB Team 1

Jordan Dejarnette

AFB Team 2

Mariah Moore

AFB Team 2

Tucker Hunley

AFB Team 3

Brooke Bowman

AFB Team 3

Keagan Handley

AFB Team 4

Kevin White

AFB Team 4

Andrew Valk

AFB Team 5

Ana Evans

AFB Team 5

Katie Dean

ASB Team 1

Kristin Samples

ASB Team 1

Robin Lovett

ASB Team 2

Cheyenne Perry

ASB Team 2

Scarlett Bowman

ASB Team 3

Will Barbour

ASB Team 3

Luke Bell

ASB Team 4

Victoria Knight

ASB Team 4

Faculty/Staff & Graduate Assistant Learning Partners

An integral part of this program is our Faculty/Staff and Graduate Assistant Learning Partners. 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 10-16 students, two student trip leaders, one Faculty/Staff and one Graduate Assistant Learning Partner. If you would like to indicate an interest in serving as a Learning Partner on a future Alternative Break Trip, please email


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