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About VOLbreaks

The VOLbreaks Program hosts trips over fall, winter, spring and summer break, as well as local trips that stay in the Knoxville area.


Costs of VOLbreaks

The 2021-2022 baseline price per participant is $75 for fall local trips, $150 for fall traveling trips, $100 for Winter local, and $250 for spring trips. The VOLbreaks program reserves the right to increase fees based on unforeseen trip expenses, but will make every effort to publicize this before accepting applications. 

Click HERE to apply for a need-based fee waiver

VOLbreaks Winter 2021 Trip Description

Public Health

December 12-16, 2021

East Tennessee

Trip Leaders: Taylor Dempsey and Steve Mahometano

Public health has been a major topic of focus in the past year due to the SARS-COV-2 (COVID-19) pandemic. During this time, disparities in access to public health have drawn attention to the way in which people live, work, and eat impact individual and communal health. This trip will focus on these factors by analyzing how wealth and race drive public health inequities in Knoxville, TN through a week of service learning. We will specifically examine how gentrification, environmental racism, and food accessibility directly impacts one’s access to medical care and public health services. We will also volunteer with local organizations that confront these issues and discuss how to address these problems in our greater community and daily lives.

Please check back on our website on October 25 for open sign-ups!

VOLbreaks FAQs

Please feel free to contact Maria Martinez, VOLbreaks Coordinator at with any questions or concerns. We hope you will consider joining us for what we hope will be powerful and impactful experiences!

“This was an unforgettable experience! It helped reassure me that UT was a good fit. It now feels more like a home after the way serving together helped us develop friendships” – Participant