The mission of the VOLbreaks (formerly known as the Alternative Break Program) program is to engage students in meaningful and collaborative community service in an effort to increase awareness of social issues and strengthen the communities in which they serve as well as foster a strong sense of community among trip participants and to the university as a whole.
The University of Tennessee has held alternative break community service trips for students since 1993. During these trips, students travel in groups to new areas where they collaborate with local service agencies to meet specific community needs. Each trip is centered around a service theme that helps students gain a well-rounded perspective of a specific social issue. Students take steps toward becoming an active citizen by participating in pre-trip meetings and educational opportunities, meaningful reflections throughout the trip, connecting everything they’ve experienced to the Knoxville community by participating in a post-trip reorientation event.
To learn more about the VOLbreaks program and find out how you can get involved, explore the links below!
“One of my goals has always been to leave our UT community better than I found it. Going on a VOLbreak has not only allowed me to make connections with awesome students/faculty on campus, but has also expanded my perspective to leave the global community better than I found it.” — VOLbreak Participant