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Trip Descriptions


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

Fall VOLbreak: Thursday, October 17–Sunday, October 20, 2019.

Winter VOLbreak: Friday December 13-Wednesday December 18, 2019

Spring VOLbreak: Sunday, March 15–Saturday, March 21, 2020.

Summer VOLbreak: TBD

Local VOLbreaks: TBD

Costs of VOLbreaks

The 2019-2020 baseline price per participant is, $150 for fall trips 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. Local trips cost $25 per person that covers all meals, housing, and transportation during the experience. Winter and Summer costs are TBD.

VOLbreaks Trip Descriptions

Below you will find access to service themes, trip leaders, and their contact information for the 2019-2020 VOLbreak trips. If you have questions regarding a specific trip, feel free to contact the leaders to learn more about their trip!

Name Trip Theme Season UTK Email
Charlsi Patterson Immigrant and Refugee Fall
Christina Cho Immigrant and Refugee Fall
Billium Blankenship Wealth Distribution Fall
Nia Myrthil Wealth Distribution Fall
Camryn Cupp Public Health Fall
Sydnie Toler Public Health Fall
Alyssa Weakley Food Insecurity Fall
Kenzie Bastian Food Insecurity Fall
Mustafa Salameh Education Fall
Kennadi Hawkins Education Fall
Michael Almond Environment Fall
Maria Valerio Environment Fall
Simphany Gillard Disability Awareness Fall
Caroline Parker Disability Awareness Fall
Madison Woods LGBTQ+ Advocacy Fall
Joseph Paschall LGBTQ+ Advocacy Fall
Mattie Roediger Affordable Housing Fall
Sarah Kennedy Affordable Housing Fall
Emily Watson Animal Welfare Spring
Kaitlyn Knight Animal Welfare Spring
Simeon Glover Women’s Empowerment Spring
Maggie Monaghan Women’s Empowerment Spring
Wesleigh Wright Food Insecurity Spring
Joelle Jarjoura Food Insecurity Spring
Jake Tidwell Arches Spring
Kendall Wimberley Arches Spring
Liv Bell Diversity & Inclusion Surrounding Disability Spring
Blake Clowers  Diversity & Inclusion Surrounding Disability Spring
Maria Valerio Environment Spring
Kaylee Walper Environment Spring
Cody Ramangkoun Immigration Spring
Katherine Fulcher Immigration Spring
Carmen Danley Wealth Distribution Spring
Viet Quach Wealth Distribution Spring
Kayla Sims Education Spring
Wesley Smith Education Spring
Maria Urias* Public Policy (Honors) Spring
Simon Jolly* Public Policy (Honors) Spring
Caitlin Lloyd Immigration Winter
Taylor Dempsey Immigration Winter

To keep the focus of the program on service rather than location, participants do not learn the location of their trip until they have committed to the trip and attended the first trip meeting. Previous destinations have included Asheville, North Carolina; Washington, DC; Charleston, South Carolina; New Orleans, Louisiana; Nashville, Tennessee; Chicago, Illinois; and more.

“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