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FAQs

Cost and Funding

Q. WHAT DOES THE ALTERNATIVE BREAK COST INCLUDE?

A. Trip costs cover each participant’s transportation, lodging, most meals and trip activities. It does not include personal expenses which you might incur during the trip, such as tourist activities, dining out, souvenirs, personal treats, etc.

Q. ARE THERE ANY SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE?

A. UTA Alternative Breaks does not offer scholarships for trips. However, we will be hosting fundraising events for students to raise money for their own trips.

Trip Information

Q. ARE ALTERNATIVE BREAK TRIPS SOLELY FOR VOLUNTEERING?

A. On Alternative Break trips, we focus primarily on community impact. There will be a few limited opportunities to participate in site seeing.

Q. HOW LONG IS THE BREAK?

A.  Fall Weekend Break is typically Sat./Sun. Winter and Spring Breaks are typically five to six days, including travel time.

Q. IS THERE A CERTAIN REQUIREMENT TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR THE TRIP?

A. Participants must be “In Good Standing” with the university in order to participate. Criminal Background Checks are completed for each participant before they are accepted to the trip.

Q. CAN I LEAVE EARLY OR DEPART LATE FROM MY ASB TRIP?

A. No. All students must stay together during the trip. No early or late departures will be allowed. Additionally, participants are never allowed to travel in their personal vehicles at any time during the trip.

Q. IF I AM OVER 21, CAN I HAVE ALCOHOL DURING THE TRIP?

A. Alternative Breaks has a strict no drugs or alcohol policy, regardless of whether you are of age. Participants who do not follow this policy will be sent home immediately at their own expense.

Leadership Information

Q. HOW CAN I BECOME AN AB SITE LEADER?

A. Site Leader applications are available beginning the middle of March through early April each spring. Previous Alternative Break participation is preferred.

Q. HOW CAN I BECOME PART OF THE EXECUTIVE BOARD?

A. Simply apply for the position when the applications opens. Previous AB trip experience is preferred, but not required. If selected for the Executive Board, students must lead one trip during the year, at a reduced cost. Students must be in good standing with the University and The Follett Student Leadership Center at UTA.