About Alternative Break Site Leaders

Alternative Break Group         

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:

  • A cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • Current good standing status as an enrolled undergraduate or graduate student at CU Boulder
  • Knowledge, passion and commitment for social issues and social change
  • Demonstrated leadership on the CU Boulder campus or in local community
  • Self-motivated and organized, including the ability to meet deadlines
  • Ability to lead a group of peers by creating a comfortable, safe, and inclusive environment
  • Be available every Wednesday from 4-6pm beginning on September 14th through the end of the spring semester.
  • Be available to attend the mandatory site leader retreat on September 22nd and 23rd (all day).


Site Leaders have many responsibilities beyond their peers as trip participants. The Site Leader role is a ten-month commitment from September 2017 through April 2018. Site Leaders can expect to spend 3-6 hours per week planning and organizing trip logistics. Alternative Breaks Site Leaders will:

  • Be available every Wednesday from 4-6pm beginning on September 16th through the end of the spring semester.
  • Be available to attend the mandatory site leader retreat on September 22nd-23rd (all day).
  • Commit to the mission of Alternative Breaks program and the Volunteer Resource Center and uphold our mission, values, goals and rules
  • Meet with the Alternative Breaks Coordinators every other week
  • Meet regularly with your co-site leader
  • Participate in recruitment and selection of trip participants
  • Engage, plan, and facilitate 4 trip group meetings for Alternative Breaks participants (1 in Fall, 3 in Spring)
  • Participate in pre-trip community service for specific trip group
  • Commit to alcohol and drug free policy of Alternative Breaks
  • Site Leaders will also be held to the Alternative Breaks Code of Conduct, Financial Agreement and detailed site leader duties.
  • Be able to take and become a driver for your trip. (2 – 4 hour trainings are required).
  • Adhere to alcohol and drug free policies and code of conduct while on the trip.


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.

Trip Information

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

Issue areas are subject to change until final site leader selection. The following issue areas are tentative for spring 2018.

  • Homelessness and Poverty
  • Youth Science Education
  • Environmental Conservation
  • Rebuilding/ Natural Disaster
  • Immigration/ Border Studies
  • Health and Wellness
  • Environmental
  • Community Organizing and Activism/ Social Movements
  • LGBT Rights and Advocacy