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Alternative Breaks

Community Service Programs


Frequently Asked Questions

Interested in participating in Alternative Break or becoming a leader in the Alternative Breaks Program? You'll find the answers to some of your questions below. If you do not find the answer(s) you were looking for, please send us an email at .

What is ASB?

East Tennessee State University's Alternative Break Program immerses students in service experience both locally and domestic.These experiences are created and led by trained student Site Leaders. The Alternative Break Experience involves direct service within a community, purposeful reflection, relationship building with other students, and FUN!

How do I sign up to participate in ASB?
Applications for Alternative Spring Break are typically made available to students at the beginning of October. The application will be available on our both our website and our BucHub page.
How much does each experience?

Breaks range from $150 - $300. Cost includes transportation, most meals, and the activities throughout the trip.

Is there an advisor on the experience?
Yes, all AB experiences are required to have a Learning Partner. Learning Partners can be faculty, staff, or graduate students. The Learning Partner is an important member of the team and contributes to group discussions and all activities. The Learning Partner adds experience and wisdom to the group and is able to assist the Site Leaders if an emergency situation arises.
How will we get there?
All AB experiences travel in a 15- passenger van or mini-van rented through Enterprise. Participants will not be asked to drive. Learning Partners will be responsible for driving to and from the Alternative Break destination.
How do we eat and sleep?
Each experience varies in terms of its eating and sleeping arrangements. Some organizations provide housing and meals, while others buy and cook their own food. Site Leaders on each experience makes all arrangements. In the past, AB teams have stayed at local churches, camped in tents, or stayed at the host agency.
How many people go on the experience
Alternative Spring Breaks consist of 8 student participants, 2 Site Leaders, and 1 Learning Partner.
How long are the programs?
The experiences generally run the course of the break. We try to plan the experiences so that we get back in time to recuperate before heading back to the classroom.
How can I become a Site Leader?
Recruitment for Site Leaders begins midway through the spring semester, with applications available through email invitation only. Potential leaders must submit an application, interview with the Alternative Breaks Experience Leadership Team, and commit to attendance at all leadership development and program planning meetings throughout the fall and spring semesters of the upcoming year. Site Leaders also attend a weekend fall retreat and a spring one-day retreat. Preference is given to applicants who have previously participated in or have site led an AB experience.
What kind of service do we do?

The service is dependent on the focus of the experience. Below is a sampling of social issues that past program have focused on:

  • Criminal Justice and Prison Reform
  • Environment
  • Human Trafficking
  • Rural/Urban Poverty




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