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The mission of the Alternative Break Program is to engage students in meaningful and collaborative community service in an effort to increase awareness of social issues and strengthen the communities in which they serve as well as foster a strong sense of community among trip participants and to the university as a whole.

The University of Tennessee has held Alternative Break community service trips for students since 1993.  During these trips, students travel in groups to new areas where they collaborate with local service agencies to meet specific community needs.  Each trip is centered around a service theme that helps students gain a well-rounded perspective of a specific social issue.  Students will take steps toward becoming an active citizen by participating in pre-trip meeting and educational opportunities, meaningful reflections throughout the trip, and will finally connect everything they’ve experienced to the Knoxville community by participating in a post-trip service project.

To learn more about the Alternative Break Program at the University of Tennessee and find out how you can get involved, please explore the links at the top of this page to find the information you are interested in.

Hear what some of our former Alternative Break trip participants have to say about their experience:

"This experience made me realize that my own city needs so much help, and that it is so easy to become involved right here in the backyard of the University of Tennessee. I used to think that serving my community meant building huge houses or feeding ALL the hungry, which is great... but something just as simple as cleaning the baseboards of a nursing home can go a long way, too." - AFB 2012 Participant

"When we worked together to complete our task faster, a true sense of friendship, service and cooperation was shown - reflecting for me all aspects that were key to AFB." -AFB 2012 Participant

"Before this trip, my perception was that service had to be substantial and large to be meaningful. Now I see any genuine act of service is meaningful." -AFB 2012 Participant


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