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FAQs

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. HOW MANY STUDENTS DO YOU TAKE ON EACH BREAK? IS THERE A LIMIT?

A. Alternative Weekend and Winter Breaks are typically smaller; therefore, we take less than 30 students. Alternative Spring Break is a larger event, and we take up to 50 students.

Q. ARE THERE ANY SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE?

A. UTA Alternative Breaks does not offer scholarships for trips at this time. At times, external scholarships are made available for participants to apply. Alternative Breaks does its best to let students know about these scholarships as they become available.

Q. WHO CAN PARTICIPATE IN THESE TRIPS?

A. Every UTA student is eligible to apply for the Alternative Breaks. The final decision of approval will be emailed to the students once the application process is complete. Due to risk management policy, non- UTA students are not allowed to participate in Alternative Breaks.

Q. IS IT SOLELY VOLUNTEERING, OR THERE ARE OTHER OPPORTUNITIES?

A. Due to the nature of this event, the students will primarily focus on community activities. Students will have time to learn and focus on various issues in the community but recreational activities such as sight-seeing, hiking and shopping will be limited.

Q. WHAT MEANS OF TRANSPORTATION DO WE USE?

A. Alternative Weekend and Winter Break are planned closer to the university; therefore, we use 9-seat vans. Alternative Spring Break is farther; therefore, charter bus services are used.

Q. HOW LONG IS THE BREAK?

A. Weekend Break is typically Sat./Sun.  Winter and Spring Breaks are typically five to six days, including travel time. Please see our upcoming trips page for specific dates of our trips.

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.

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.