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Alternative Breaks

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The Alternative Break (AB) program is a unique learning experience in which students engage in active service to address some of the most pressing social issues of our time.  Teams are led by student site leaders and accompanied by faculty learning partners. Throughout the trip, team members participate in educational activities, service, and reflective activities to enhance their service experience. During Fall/Spring Break our student groups volunteer in TN and across the country.

Break locations are organized by the Leadership Team and can vary from year to year. Students address social issues that can include disaster relief, environmental restoration, HIV/AIDS, education, homelessness, healthcare, poverty, youth development, religious pluralism, food insecurity and many more! 

Alternative Breaks offers students a chance to learn about root issues, gain new perspectives on issues that our communities face, time to reflect and think critically about social issues, and the opportunity to develop into life-long acti​ve citizens !


  Fall Break Experiences



Application for Fall Break

Following the fire that started in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, many buildings and homes in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, Tennessee were destroyed. During AFB you will serve alongside Appalachia Service Project as you assist in the long term recovery efforts!

 Apply Here!

Applications are still being accepted!


Application for Active Citizen Boot Camp

Active Citizenship Boot Camp October 13-17, 2017

 ACBC is an intensive training weekend for students with a commitment or willingness to learn more about sustainability, human rights, and social change.

With a theme of Uncovering Roots: Linking Our Past, Bridging Our Future, ACBC will bring together students from across ETSU’s campus to engage in dialogue and education on active citizenship and to discover ways of making lasting change on campus and in the community. During ACBC participants will explore various issues and social problems and identify an area that motivates them to action.  Participants will learn more about the root causes of these issues, and will create an action plan for applying what they have learned on campus or within the community.  It is our hope that students will leave ACBC as engaged and enlightened leaders with a firm understanding of social justice and a commitment to active citizenship.

  Although the most costs associated with ACBC will be covered by the University, we do ask each participant to contribute $25, which will go toward educational resources that can be utilized again and again after the weekend is over.

Apply Here!

Applications are still being accepted!


Site Leader Application

Applications for Spring 2018 Site Leader

Are you passionate about a certain social justice area? Are you looking for an opportunity to take on a greater responsibility and lead your peers?

If you said yes to the above, then being a site leader is the role for you! Each experience is led by two student leaders who help with planning trips, selecting participants, leading pre-trip meetings, leading experiences, and organizing reorientation.Site leaders can expect to contribute 3 - 6 hours a week for meetings and planning. Site Leaders have the opportunity to participate in leadership development workshops to develop your personal leadership skills, deepen your understanding of a new area and community issue, and build close relationships that last well beyond the break experience!

Apply Here!

Applications are still being accepted!



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