Since 1993, students at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville have participated in the Alternative Break Program. Alternative breaks are designed to engage students in collaborative and meaningful service, increase awareness of social issues, and strengthen communities. They are a great way for students, faculty, and staff to get involved in local and unfamiliar communities, have a lasting impact, and demonstrate visible results.
Through the Center for Leadership and Service, UT students have the opportunity to help communities in a variety of ways on diverse topics and social issues. Faculty and staff can serve as leaders or assistant learning partners.
This year the alternative spring break is March 11-March 17, the same time that AmeriCorps week is being celebrated across the country. All trips are centered around a theme that helps students gain a good perspective of the social issue that they are working on: Gender Identity and Inclusion, Accessibility Awareness, Animal Welfare, Refugee and Immigrant Rights, Wealth Distribution Awareness, Youth Development, or Food Insecurity and Public Health.
Alternative breaks are also available in the summer and fall. During these trips, group travel includes collaborating with local agencies to meet specific community needs. All students are encouraged to apply.