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How to Participate in an Alternative Break

Two students brushing down a horseOur program operates on a lottery system to ensure that every student has an equal chance of participating in a break trip. In our system, students will submit a lottery packet with their information and trip preferences ranked. Those preferences will be entered into a computer system, and they will be assigned to a trip through that system based on their preferences. Participants will be notified via email which trip they were selected for.

Alternative Fall Break lottery packets will be open the first two weeks of the fall semester.

Alternative Break Leaders (ABLs)

Students in a tug-of-war at a construction siteAlternative break leaders (ABLs) are the back bone of planning an Alternative Break. ABL responsibilities include researching a trip theme, selecting a location where that theme is prevalent, finding a community partner for the group to serve alongside, planning reflection, and attending reorientation. ABLs are required to participate in a training program to prepare them for the above responsibilities.

Applications to be an Alternative Break Leader are closed. For future reference, students interested in leading a trip next year can look at the 17-18 ABL Expectations. To see a full list of our 17-18 ABLs, please click the following link, ABL Contact Info.

If you have any questions, contact Natalie Frankel at or 865-974-1039.

Faculty/Staff & Graduate Assistant Learning Partners

An integral part of this program is our faculty/staff and graduate assistant learning partners (LPs). These members are not involved in planning the trip but serve in an advisory capacity throughout the duration of the trip. Learning partners aid the student trip leaders if any issues arise on the trip, and they get to fully experience an Alternative Break trip while volunteering alongside the students. More information about the LP role can be found in this Learning Partner FAQ document. Learning Partner applications for 2017-2018 will be open in the beginning of June through the beginning of July. For those who are interested in serving as an LP for the Alternative Break program, you should still fill out and submit this ‘permission to attend‘ form.

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 twelve students, two student trip leaders, and one learning partner. To express interest in serving as an LP on a future trip, or if you have questions, e-mail Natalie Frankel at

Support Alternative Breaks

Your contribution will go directly to the students participants and will help to defer their costs!

Give to the Alternative Break program!

You can select a specific student to receive your gift, or you can give to the general support fund. No gift is too small; every little bit helps to offset participant trip costs.

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