skip to main content columnskip to left navigation

Alternative Breaks

Community Service Programs

Get Involved!

Join an Alternative Break!

                                       DC AB

The primary way to go on a trip is as a participant! These students attend meetings planned by their site leaders in preparation for their experience and then jump into vans to travel to their different sites and serve with a community partner. Service focuses range from environmental to poverty to health.


Ready to join an experience? Complete the application here!


Alternative Break Leadership Team 
2017 Site Leaders


The Alternative Break Leadership Team is the back bones to planning an Alternative Break. Responsibilities include researching a trip theme, selecting a location where that theme is prevalent, marketing experiences campus wide, finding a community partner for the group to serve alongside, planning reflection, and attending reorientation. The Leadership Team is made up the Alternative Break Experience team (which includes Experience Planning, Site Leader Training, and Site Leaders)  the Marketing and Communications team, and the Operations team. All team members are required to participate in a training program to prepare them for the above responsibilities.

Who are Site Leaders?

Site Leaders are the facilitators of the Alternative Breaks experience. They organize finance and logistical plans, team building activities, issue-based educational material, and reflections for their teams throughout the year. Along with their co-Site Leader, Site Leaders finalize project arrangements with the community partners and communicate regularly with a Site Leader Coordinator or Advisor to report their progress.

Applications to be an Alternative Break Leadership Team are closed. For future reference, students interested in participant in the Leadership Team can look for more information in April 2018.



Faculty/Staff & Graduate Assistant Learning Partners

An integral part of this program is our faculty/staff and graduate assistant Learning Partners. 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.

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 10-12 students, two student trip leaders, and one learning partner.  For those who are interested in serving as a Learning Partner for the Alternative Break program, you should still fill out and submit this Learning Partner Interest Form.


Please contact if you have any questions or need more information!

icon for left menu icon for right menu