Alternative Breaks is an opportunity for students to travel to different communities to participate in weeklong community service projects and learn more about issues such as literacy, poverty, racism, hunger, homelessness and the environment. While making a difference in these communities, students have the chance to learn about the problems faced by members in the community with whom they otherwise may not have had contact. We believe that the service, discovery, and learning process that takes place during the Alternative Break program provides a one of a kind experience, which serves as a catalyst to lifelong citizenship. Below are some testimonials from our previous trip participants!I was not aware that a group of UTA students, who had never seen each other around campus, could become such a close knit family within a span of five days. It is an amazing feeling to share with the community. I wish the trip lasted longer. – Nadia Siddiqi, 2013 ASB Participant Highs – Everything! Lows – Nothing! – Varun Mallipaddi, Student Congress President 2013-2014, 2013 ASB Trip Participant
Alternative Breaks Faculty/Staff AdvisorsFaculty/staff will have the chance to work with students as they become active citizens and develop as leaders. The trip fee is waived for faculty/staff advisors. Faculty and staff will work in an advisory capacity with a student site leader on each trip, including such responsibilities as:
- Facilitate transportation once in location by driving a 15-passenger van. (Charter busses will transport the group to and from location)
- Serve as a resource to the student site leaders during the trip.
- Facilitate student leadership and empowerment for the site leaders on the trip.
- Ensure all university policies and procedures are being followed at all times.
The Student Congress has been influential in improving the quality of life on campus, making it the perfect place to develop your leadership skills.