Each trip is led by two student co-site leaders who have a role in planning trips, selecting participants, fundraising, facilitating pre-trip meetings, and leading their groups. If you are looking for an opportunity to take on greater responsibility and lead your peers in service, then the site leader position is perfect for you! Site Leaders participate in a nine-month long leadership development program and are responsible for planning and facilitating learning before, during and after trips. Site leaders can expect to contribute 3 - 6 hours a week, in addition to a 2-hour/week site leader training and meeting, throughout the academic year.
Alternative Break’s Vision:
“To create a society of active citizens: people who value the community as a priority when making life decisions.”
Each Alternative Breaks team consists of up to 9 student participants, 2 student Site Leaders, and 1 faculty/staff learning partner. During the trips students participate in community service, educational opportunities, daily reflections, leadership development, evening debriefs, and topical discussions; a curriculum that promotes self-awareness, global citizenship and leadership through civic engagement. Each team will engage in pre-trip education, preparation, fundraising, and post-trip reflection to ensure a successful and meaningful trip.
Site Leaders are student leaders at the core of the Alternative Breaks program. Site Leaders work together in pairs to facilitate participants through the group process, create safe spaces for learning and reflection, encourage and foster full participation, and implement the philosophies of the Volunteer Resource Center and Alternative Breaks Program.
The qualifications to be a Site Leader are as follows:
Site Leaders have many responsibilities beyond their peers as trip participants. The Site Leader role is a ten-month commitment from August 2015 through April 2016. Site Leaders can expect to spend 3-6 hours per week planning and organizing trip logistics. Alternative Breaks Site Leaders will:
For the 2017-2018 year, site leaders will not pay to be a site leader. Because of the time you give the program, we have waived your fee to participate.
We are beginning to look forward the 2017-2018 year and the next site leader group will play a major role in helping to shape trip topics for this year.
Issue areas are subject to change until final site leader selection. The following issue areas are tentative for spring 2018.