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How Do I Participate in a VOLbreak Trip?

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What is a lottery system?

Lottery is where you sign-up for your VOLbreak trip! The lottery sign-up allows for everyone to have the same chance at getting a spot on a trip of their choice. It is possible to come to the lottery and not get on a trip as demand sometimes exceeds the spaces available, but there is a wait list for each trip.

Come to lottery with an open mind; all trips will be a rewarding experience.

  • Bring your 2019 Fall VOLbreaks Lottery Packet,  a $75 non-refundable deposit (cash/check ONLY made out to the Alternative Break Program), and a color copy of your drivers license.
  • Upon arrival to lottery you will be assigned your official lottery number, once your lottery packet has been reviewed.
  • If you are not there by the start time, you will only receive an opportunity to sign-up following the entire lottery process.
    • If you cannot make it on time or at all, communicate with us before lottery and we will have someone from our program serve as a proxy for you. 
  • A random number generator will begin selecting numbers. When a person’s number is called, each person will proceed to sign up for the trip of their choice until each trip is full.
  • Once you sign-up for a program, you must submit your deposit. Deposits for 2019 Fall VOLbreaks trips are $75 (non-refundable, cash/check made out to the Alternative Break Program). 

Student Coordinators

The VOLbreaks Program receives guidance and support from a group of dedicated and passionate student leaders who work year-round to develop quality alternative break trips. These Student Coordinators are responsible for the organizational side of the VOLbreaks Program and work closely with the staff and graduate assistant throughout the year. These students plan and implement the annual VBL retreat, assist with VBL training, advise a small group of VBLs throughout the year, and plan the program wide events like community meetings, reorientation, and fund raising initiatives.

The VOLbreaks Program relies heavily on the commitment and passion of the coordinators to help in the planning stages and implementation of all VOLbreaks trips. Student who are interested in holding a position should be passionate about service, leadership, social justice, and mentorship. All student coordinators are required to attend one meeting per week throughout the entirety of the academic year and hold regular meetings with their small group of ABLs.

If you have any questions regarding the Student Coordinator position, please email the JCLS at leadserve@utk.edu.

VOLbreaks Leaders (VBLs)

Students in a tug-of-war at a construction siteVOLbreaks (VBLs) are the back bone of planning a VOLbreaks trip. VBL responsibilities include researching a trip theme, selecting a location where that theme is prevalent, finding a community partner for the group to serve alongside, planning reflection, and attending reorientation. VBLs are required to participate in a training program to prepare them for the above responsibilities.

All VBLs are required to attend VBL Training throughout the fall and spring semester. VBL applications for the 2019-2020 year are closed.

Click HERE to view a list of our 2019-2020 VBLS.

If you have any questions, contact the JCLS at leadserve@utk.edu

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 Learning Partner FAQs document. Learning Partner applications for 2019-2020 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 this Permission To Attend Form.

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 the JCLS at leadserve@utk.edu

Support VOLbreaks!

Your contribution will go directly to the students participants and will help to defer their costs!

Give to the VOLbreaks program!

You can select a specific student to receive your gift, or you can give to the general support fund. No gift is too small; every little bit helps to offset participant trip costs.