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VOLbreaks Learning Partners

Learning Partners

An integral part of this program is our faculty/staff and graduate assistant learning partners (LPs). These members are not involved in planning the trip but serve in an advisory capacity throughout the duration of the trip. Learning partners aid the student trip leaders if any issues arise on the trip, and they get to fully experience an Alternative Break trip while volunteering alongside the students. More information about the LP role can be found in this VOLbreaks Learning Partner FAQs 21-22 document. Learning Partner applications for 2021-2022 will be open in the beginning of July through the beginning of August. For those who are interested in serving as an LP for the VOLbreaks program, you should still fill out and submit the following form:.Permission To Attend 2021 2022

Serving as a Learning Partner is a fantastic way to meet other UT students and staff while giving back to a new community. There is no trip cost associated with being a Learning Partner. Each trip consists of nine student participants, two student trip leaders, and one learning partner.

If you have questions, email María Martínez at maria@utk.edu.

2021-2022 Learning Partner Aplication

Thank you for your interest in serving as a Learning Partner on an Fall, Winter, or Spring. An integral part of this program is found in our Faculty/Staff and Graduate Assistant Learning Partners. These members of the experience do not plan the trip, but serve in an advisory capacity throughout the duration of the trip. Learning Partners aide the student trip leaders if any issues were to arise on the trip, and serve as a resource for our VOLbreaks Leaders. Learning Partners get to fully experience a VOLbreak Trip while volunteering alongside the students. This application will be live through Wednesday, August 25, 2021 at 5pm. Serving as a Learning Partner is a fantastic way to engage with UT students while giving back to a community. There is NO trip cost associated with being a Learning Partner. We will place one Faculty/Staff or GA Learning Partner per Alternative Break trip. **Please note that filling out this form notes that you are confident in your ability to serve on an VOLbreak, but since this is an 'application' we may not be able to accommodate all interested parties. It would be helpful if you could preemptively ask your supervisor if you can be away from work/class during the days of these VOLbreaks before you submit this application. If an offer is extended to you, we will do our best to match your thematic preferences with our staffing needs, but we may not be able to accommodate all preferences. Thank you so much for your understanding. Please follow this link to learn more about the role of a learning partner and alternative break trips in general: https://leadserve.utk.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/71/2021/06/VOLbreaks-Learning-Partner-FAQs-21-22.pdf
University Status(Required)
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THEMES AND DATES

Please select the trips you are available to serve in:(Required)
Please all trip themes you are interested in:(Required)

Section Break

Please note the following dates: Fall VOLbreak: Thursday, September 30–Sunday, October 3, 2021. Winter VOLbreak: Saturday, December 11-Sunday, December 19, 2021 Spring VOLbreak: Sunday, March 13–Saturday, March 10, 2022. To serve as a Learning Partner, we ask that you be present for the duration of the trip experience as well as present for as many pre/post trip experiences as you are able.
If selected to be an LP (and after consulting with the JCLS staff), if situations outside of my control necessitate my early departure from my trip, I am responsible for any/all costs with that travel.
I have read the Learning Partner FAQ (https://leadserve.utk.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/71/2018/05/Alternative-Break-Learning-Partner-FAQs.pdf) and agree to upload the duties associated with this responsibility.
I have spoken with my supervisor about how my absence from the office will be handed, if selected for the LP role (note that you will be asked to fill out a Permission to Attend form, which has to be signed by your current supervisor).