FAQs for Participants
You probably have a lot of questions about joning a trip. Check out some of these first, and, if you still need help, email FAB@leadershipandservice.ufl.edu to ask!
As a participant there are certain things that are required of you, and things that are highly encouraged that you attend. Please note that the requirements must be met in order for you to go on your trip and your deposit is non-refundable should you choose not to meet all the requirements.
The following are MANDATORY:
- Attend a Participant Workshop prior to your trip leaving (dates and times will be available soon)
- Orientation (Winter and MLK Trips: Nov 14; Spring Weekend and Break: Feb 20)
- By attending a trip, you are agreeing to be alcohol- and drug-free throughout the trip's duration.
-Attend all scheduled trip meetings planned by your site leaders to get to know your fellow trip members, get educated on the social issue, and get all the details of your trip logistics.
- Participate in a pre-trip service project planned by your Site Leaders to get a taste of what their service will be like during the break
- Join us for Spaghetti Lunch on November 14th!
- Join the fun at FAB Fest (March 13, 2018) for end-of-the-year food, awards, and good times!
Trip registration opens September 2017.
To sign-up for a trip you must visit The Brown Center for Leadership and Sevice, on the second level of the Reitz Union. Trips are on a first-come first-serve basis, so sign up early!
Trip deposits (non-refundable) must be paid in full in order to officially be registered as a participant (you can pay via credit/debit card on site). The remaining trip balance can be paid in full up front or at another time, but is due in full no later than two weeks prior to your trip leaving. Failure to do so will result in an academic hold being placed on your account.
Trip deposit amounts are TBD, stay tuned for an update!
If you have any further questions about becoming a FAB participant, please email FAB@leadershipandservice.ufl.edu.
While we understand that you are interested in some social issues more than others, FAB’s goal is to increase awareness & education about all social issues. In the past, participants who have not gotten their top choice(s) still LOVED their trip. We encourage you to try out a trip that is available!
The cost of trips covers food, transportation, and housing for the week or weekend. This cost is not dependent on the trip issue. A deposit must be paid at the time you sign up for the trip (see above, "How do I sign up for a trip?"), the remaining trip cost will be due 2 weeks prior to the trip. Failure to make trip payments by the deadline will result in an academic hold placed on your account. This hold will prevent you from registering for classes and receiving a transcript.
Payment plans are available and allow participants to extend the deadline of their remaining trip cost. If you would like to set up a payment plan, you must make an appointment with the FAB Development Coordinator (FABDevelopment@leadershipandservice.ufl.edu)
Trip costs and deposit amounts TBA, stay tuned for updates!
IMPORTANT REGARDING REFUNDS:
FAB does NOT issue refunds. If an unavoidable EMERGENCY occurs, you must immediately notify the FAB Management Team of your decision to leave. If you choose to pursue a refund based on an emergency situation, you must then contact the FAB Development Coordinator (email above), within 48 hours of your drop from the trip. All requests for refunds must be submitted in writing and include your name, FAB trip, and DOCUMENTATION of the unavoidable emergency. Refund requests will not be considered without documentation. Emergencies do not include decisions that you made to pursue other activities. There will be no refunds for any student dismissed from the program for reasons of misconduct or failure to comply with University of Florida and/or FAB policies, procedures, and regulations.
In most cases there will be a drop penalty of $50.
By making your deposit online you will be responsible for these terms listed on the application:
I understand that the deposit I paid to secure my place on this trip is NON-REFUNDABLE.
FAB reserves the right to remove participants from trips if they fail to meet the requirements set forth in the participant expectations portion of this website. If participants are removed on or BEFORE the remaining balance due date, they will NOT be responsible for the remaining cost of the trip and any trip payments, except the non-refundable deposit, will be refunded. If participants are removed AFTER the remaining balance due date, they WILL be responsible for the full trip payment and any additional cancelation charges incurred as a result of their removal (ex: vehicle reservation cancelation fees).
If I cancel my trip on or before the remaining trip balance is due, I will not be required to pay the remaining balance. However, if I cancel my trip after the remaining trip balance due date, I understand that I am responsible for paying the REMAINING balance. If I am participating in an International trip and I cancel my trip after the remaining trip balance is due, I understand that I will be responsible to pay ANY COSTS associated with the cancellation of my trip, including but not limited to the remaining trip balance, plus the cost of my plane ticket cancellation fees and any additional fees incurred.
Failure to make trip payments by the deadline will result in an academic hold placed on your account. This hold will prevent you from registering for classes and receiving a transcript.
YES! FAB has a limited amount of funds set aside for scholarships to give to students who demonstrate financial need. Please do not rely on a scholarship to cover the bulk of your trip cost. All participants, regardless of their scholarship status, will be responsible for paying the full deposit. Scholarships range from $25-$100 and help reduce final trip cost. Scholarship applications for the 2016-2017 are not available until the fall.
Online Application: Scholarship application due dates TBA.
The online application requires you to submit your resume as well as documentation of financial need. If you do not have formal documentation but can explain your financial situation in an interview, you may instead submit one character reference letter from a community member.
Phone Interview: Phone interviews will be scheduled for selected scholarship applicants.
Topics for discussion: Your interest in social justice, why you chose your FAB trip, your financial situation, your plan to pay for the remainder of the trip's cost.
If you have further questions, please contact the FAB Development Coordinator (FABDevelopment@leadershipandservice.ufl.edu)
MLK Weekend- 20 hours
Winter/Spring Weekend- 25 hours
Spring Week- 40 hours
Simple! Just go to the payments page (currently unavailable for summer).
NOTE: Unless you attend FAB Issue Fair, your first payment and registration MUST be made at the BCLS office in the Reitz Union.
IMPORTANT: All trip deposits are NON-REFUNDABLE and if you drop after the payment deadline, you will be responsible for paying ALL of your remaining trip balance. More information regarding refunds can be found in the "How much will each trip cost" section.
Participants wishing to drop must send an email to FAB@leadershipandservice.ufl.edu stating their withdrawal. Any other form of notification will not be accepted.