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Trip Descriptions

Students sorting foodThe Alternative Break Program has hosted trips over fall, spring and summer break, as well as local trips that stay in the Knoxville area.

2017 Alternative Fall Break: Thursday, October 5–Sunday, October 8.

2018 Alternative Spring Break: Sunday, March 11–Saturday, March 17.

2018 Alternative Summer Break: Trip dates and theme TBD.

Local: UT students will have TWO opportunities to serve their Knoxville community throughout the 2017-2018 year through the ABLocal program! AB Local dates and themes TBD.

The 2017-2018 baseline price, per participant is, $125 for AFB trips and $250 for ASB trips. The AB program reserves the right to increase fees based on unforeseen trip expenses, but will make every effort to publicize this before accepting applications. For the local AB, a $25 participation fee will cover all meals, housing, and transportation during the experience. AB Summer cost will be announced at a later date.

AB Trip Descriptions

Below you will find the themes, trip leaders, and their contact information for the 2017-2018 AFB and ASB trips.

AFB 2017 ASB 2018
Food Injustice & Security

Trip Leaders: Ciara Westbrook & Ethan Riley

E-mail address:

Accessibility Awareness

Trip Leaders: Danielle Kowalkowski & Dillon Douglas

E-mail address:

Human Trafficking

Trip Leaders: Delaney Washington & Mary Logan Yancey

E-mail address:

Animal Welfare

Trip Leaders: Jaime Marquis & Noah Redmond

E-mail address:

Gender Identities & Modern Inequalities

Trip Leaders: Don Black & Emma Allish

E-mail address:

Civil Rights & Inclusion

Trip Leaders: Jade Lesher & Julia Goncalves

E-mail address:

Issues in Intersectionality & Inclusion

Trip Leaders: Amanda Kuipers & Miranda Campbell

E-mail address:

Food Insecurity & Public Health

Trip Leaders: Caitlin Lloyd & Zach Brown

E-mail address:

Marginalized Youth

Trip Leaders: Grayson Garland & Reagan Homan

E-mail address:

Refugee & Immigrant Rights

Trip Leaders: Nich Ross & Olivia Morfas

E-mail address:

Civil Rights Within Marginalized Populations

Trip Leaders: Caroline Arias

E-mail address:

Wealth Distribution Awareness

Trip Leaders: Anne Marie Van Cleve & Chase Toth

E-mail address:

Wealth Distribution Awareness

Trip Leaders: Alec Yen & Hannah Loftis

E-mail address:

Youth Development

Trip Leaders: Cory Kleppe & Destiny Pearson

E-mail address:

CLICK HERE for detailed program descriptions.

To keep the focus of the program on service rather than location, participants do not learn the location of their trip until they have committed to the trip and attended the first trip meeting. Previous destinations have included Asheville, North Carolina; Washington, DC; Charleston, South Carolina; New Orleans; Nashville; Chicago; and more.

“This was an unforgettable experience! It helped reassure me that UT was a good fit. It now feels more like a home after the way serving together helped us develop friendships” –2014 Participant

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