Alternative Breaks

The mission of the University of North Texas' Alternative Breaks Program is to raise awareness of social issues and injustices through education and intensive service-learning experiences. Students are immersed in communities that will bring to the forefront of social awareness and inspire lifelong action and friendships.

Alternative Breaks provide a variety of service opportunities. These opportunities not only contribute to a deeper understanding of social issues, service and community but are often the sparks that motivate people to get involved in community service. Experiences will be at no cost for 2021. Questions or concerns please email leadandserve@unt.edu

AB Winter Experience dates: January 3-8, 2022

AB Winter Virtual Experience dates: January 6-8, 2022

AB Spring Experience dates: March 12-19, 2022

AB Spring Virtual Experience dates: March 11-13, 2022

Cost: $275.00 for in-person experiences and TBD for virtual experiences.

Applications for Winter and Spring Break 2022 will open in October

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Meet our 2021-2022 Site Leaders

  • Caroline Poch
  • Delani Weaver
  • Christian Youssef
  • Alok Jakkula
  • Keesje Peterson
  • Mariana Sanchez
  • Bakhtawar Yasir
  • Crystal Edwards
  • Anna Beaudette
  • Hana Musa
  • Shannon Collins
  • Mona Mainali
  • Evelyn Loera

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Site Leader Information

The issues we will be working with include: health and disabilities, disaster relief, poverty and homelessness, animals, environment, education and culture, and youth.

We are seeking 20 dedicated site leaders that can help organize and construct a spring break trip that makes a difference! Site Leaders must commit to attending site leader training and building a strong community amongst their participants.

 

The Role of a Site Leader

This is a great leadership experience for students who would like to gain more skills working with groups. Before the trip, Site Leaders are responsible for helping to select participants, conducting pre-trip meetings, organizing itineraries and travel logistics, and keeping participants informed. During the trip, Site Leaders work with their Trip Advisors to collaborate with the host site coordinators, mobilize participants, plan meals, trouble-shoot any problems, and facilitate reflection activities each day of service.

Ideal candidates are passionate about service, effective at motivating and organizing teams, are very organized and have a positive attitude. If you see yourself in this role, please apply! Two site leaders will be selected and work as partners on each trip, with one staff advisor.

 

The Rules

Site Leaders are strongly encouraged to select a diverse group of participants. This ASB experience is not meant to be a trip of all of your friends. Your significant other is not allowed to participate in the same trip as you. Site Leader fees are the same as participant fees for all trips. Only Site Leaders who pass the driver authorization process will be hired to drive vans during spring break. Site Leader trainings and participant events are  mandatory. Site Leaders who miss more than 1 meeting may be terminated from their position. ASB participants must be in good conduct standing with the University of North Texas and have a minimum of a 2.5 GPA.

Alternative Breaks FAQ

  • What is ASB?
    Alternative Service Breaks, ASB, is a student-led program advised by the Center for Leadership and Service. ASB is a unique learning experience where you will be able to engage in service in a social issue you are passionate about or interested in while being immersed in community and culture.
  • Who is eligible to go on an Alternative Break trip?
    Currently enrolled UNT students, both undergraduate and graduate full-time degree-seeking students may be participants or trip leaders.
  • As an international student can I go on an ASB trip?
    Yes! As long as you meet the eligibility requirements of ASB you are able to apply.
  • Can students with disabilities go on ASB trips?
    The ASB program makes every effort to ensure that students with disabilities can participate successfully on trips. If you have any questions or concerns please contact ASB at leadandserve@unt.edu or 940-565-3021.
  • How are social issues selected?
    Site Leaders propose Social Issues as a part of their application process. The CLS considers the social issue proposals and helps the selected Site Leaders create trips focused on the proposed topic or in a topic adjacent to it.
  • I’m interested in being a Site Leader, can I apply?
    Interested in leading one of our ASB trips? Applications open and close in March, follow @UNTLeadandServe for updates on when applications open.
  • When is ASB?
    We will host a Winter Break and Spring Break this year. Winter will take place January 4-11, 2020. Spring will take place March 7-14, 2020.
  • Where do trips usually go?
    Trips are within driving distance in the Southern Region of the US. Previous years, location ranges from Oklahoma, New Mexico, Tennessee, Louisiana, Texas, and Arkansas.
  • How many people go on trips?
    Generally, 12 participants, which include one faculty/staff advisor and one student site leader.
  • Do I have to drive myself to my trip location?
    Your program fee will cover your transportation costs. Each trip will have vans that are driven by faculty/staff and students. Trips will have a designated leave time based on their destination and decided on by the group.
  • How many hours of service do participants complete on a trip?
    It will vary on the trip; most ASB trips will range from 30-45 hours of service during the trip. However, your group may have a little less depending on other educational activities or more if your team decides to do service before and/or after your trip locally.
  • What does my program fee cover?
    The program fee is $300 ($100 is a non-refundable deposit) that covers transportation to and from your destination and around the area, lodging, and food except during travel days. The fee also covers any community partner costs that may occur. The fee does not cover excursions, personal snacks, personal items (toothbrush, pillow, etc.), or souvenirs.
  • Why is my deposit non-refundable?
    Our community partners are generally non-profit organizations working with limited resources, and spend a great amount of time and effort to plan and accommodate our students. If a student drops out of the trip- we are still required to pay our community partners and lodging partners for their time and service.
  • I can’t make the whole trip can I come later or leave early?
    Unfortunately, due to our policies, students are unable to come late or leave early. We are in the process of looking at shorter trip durations and weekend trips. Stay up to date with us @UNTLeadandServe on all social media platforms for announcements.
  • What is the typical ASB week?

    Trips will leave on Saturday and arrive at their destination on Saturday afternoon or evening. Teams will unpack, pick up groceries, make dinner, and set aside time for group reflection and discussion.

    Sunday is typically an excursion day decided upon by the team during Pre-Trip Meetings. Teams will come back to make dinner, prepare for service the next day, and have time for group reflection and discussion. Also maybe some board games!

    Monday-Friday will be service days. Teams will arrive at their community partners around 8 am, have a break for lunch decided by the group, and end around 5 pm. If trips decide they want to continue to explore their community they will have time after service to do so. Then teams will go back to their lodging, make dinner, and do group reflection and discussion.

    Trips will leave Saturday morning and arrive back on UNT’s campus on Saturday afternoon or evening.

  • What am I eating on an ASB trip?
    Teams will be able to build a grocery list for breakfast, lunch, and dinners during their trip. We ask that if you have any food allergies or dietary needs, please let your site leader know in advance. Typical meals will include cold or continental type breakfasts, sandwiches or leftovers for lunch, and group meals for dinner.
  • What should I pack for ASB?
    Every trip is different, and your site leader will provide you with a packing list specific to your trip. We do recommend packing light in duffle bags, because of limited cargo space please don’t bring hard or large suitcases on the trip. We also recommend bringing reusable water bottles, plates, utensils, and lunch bags. We don’t recommend bringing any major valuables like cameras, laptops, or jewelry if it is not needed.
  • Where do trips stay?
    Each trip is unique and will have different lodging arrangements. Trips may be staying in churches or community centers. Your site leader will have more information about your lodging once selected.
  • What are the expectations for participants?

    In your team setting, you will be able to discuss guidelines on how to make your trip successful and welcoming. We ask that you come with an open mind ready to learn and understand more about the social issue and community you will be serving in. As well as, make your payments and submit your trip paperwork on time.

    Your adventure will begin with us at a Kick-Off event, and your site leader will have dates for you to meet as a team to get to know one another called Pre-Trip Meetings. We will also host some training, and then meet one last time before your trip leaves at a Pre-Departure Meeting. After your service, we ask that you come back and share your story with other participants during our ReConnect. These dates and times will be given to you when you are selected.


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UNT Division of Student Affairs Center for Leadeship & Service


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