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Apply to be a Site Leader!

The site leader application is open! Deadline: Sept. 19

To apply click the link above -- applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. 

Each Alternative Breaks trip is led by two co-site leaders. Site leaders are responsible for planning all aspects of an Alternative Breaks trip, which includes

  • Solidifying a service site and housing
  • Recruiting participants
  • Facilitating pre-trip meetings
  • Leading the group during the trip
  • Managing a trip budget
  • Creating safe spaces for learning and reflection
  • Implementing the philosophies of the Volunteer Resource Center and Alternative Breaks program

Site leader training will prepare site leaders to learn about and facilitate the learning of others around the intersectionality and complexity of varied social and environmental issues. Through training and successful leadership of an Alternative Breaks trip, students will be able to value and implement ideas of reciprocity, active citizenship, community building and culturally competent leadership. To learn more, review the site leader position description, which provides a complete and full description of the site leader role. 

Required Attendance

  • Site Leader Training: Fall training sessions will be held Wednesdays, 4-6 p.m. Oct. 5-Dec. 7, 2022. Weekly spring meetings will be held the week of Jan. 16 through the week of Apr. 17; scheduling will be based on availability of the group.
  • Site Leader Fall Retreat: An overnight retreat will be held Friday, Oct. 7–Sunday, Oct. 9, 2022
  • Reveal: Friday, Feb. 17, 2023
  • Pre-trip Meetings: Scheduled based upon availability of group
  • Alternative Breaks Trips: Saturday, Mar. 25–Sunday, Apr. 2, 2023
  • Reorientation: Wednesday, Apr. 7, 2023

Please Note: There are a few additional requirements outside the above events, including assistance in the recruitment of Alternative Breaks participants. These requirements will be discussed upon selection as an Alternative Breaks site leader.

Dates and times are subject to change. Changes will be communicated with site leaders as soon as possible.