Application deadline for our 2016-2017 trips will be announced soon!
Learning Partners are University of Florida faculty or staff members who serve as resources for students while attending a FAB trip. A Learning Partner’s contribution to the trip is that he/she has more life experience and, perhaps, a particular expertise in a relevant subject area. The most effective Learning Partner serves as a resource about the social issue, geographic location and/or language. Although the organization and program are student-led and run, some of the trips could not be successful without the added knowledge and expertise staff and faculty advisors, Learning Partners, have to offer.
The Expectations and Responsibilities of the Learning Partner:
- Expectations for participants are expectations for Learning Partners. Learning Partners are NOT Site Leaders.
- Meet with the advisor and other learning partners for at least 1 meeting going over expectations and crisis scenarios.
- Meet regularly with the trip of 13 students throughout the semester as the student Site Leaders prepare the group for their service.
- Be accessible to trip leaders to provide mentorship and facilitate leadership development
- Develop a comfortable relationship, defined as having open communication and support, with the two Site Leaders assigned to their trip.
- Help Site Leaders anticipate the needs of participants and upcoming details, but they should NOT take on these responsibilities.
- Work closely with the Site Leaders around issues of travel arrangements and documentation, risk management, immigration (international trips). We encourage Learning Partners and Site Leaders to discuss responsibilities and agree on who will fill which functions.
- Step into a leadership position during the unlikely event of an emergency, or if they have the opportunity to prevent such an emergency from taking place.
- Uphold the mission, vision, values, and policies of the Florida Alternative Breaks program.
For more information, please contact FAB's Advisor, Shenita Denson, Assistant Director of the Brown Center for Leadership and Service.
**NOTE: iF YOU ARE APPLYING FOR A TRIP TO A SPANISH-SPEAKING COUNTRY, YOU MUST BE FLUENT IN SPANISH.**
To keep costs low, groups traditionally stay together in churches, synagogues, or community centers, sleeping in sleeping bags, and if the group is lucky, cots. For example, sleeping accommodations are often in group dorms/hostels/churches, which means that staff and faculty often have to share a room with multiple students.
Pre-trip meetings are very important in the Alternative Break process. These meetings give students the opportunity to get to know each other and bond prior to the trip. In addition, students learn about the history and culture of the area in pre-trip meetings as well as about the social issue they will be dealing with while volunteering.
After submitting your online application you will be emailed an interview schedule. All applicants will be interviewed by the FAB Advisor and Site Leaders of the respective trip. After confirming your participation in the program with your supervisor, staff / faculty will be notified of the application status. If you do not schedule an interview either in person or by phone, your application cannot be considered.
The trip cost for Learning Partners is drastically reduced from a student participant cost. This payment is due at the time of acceptance of the Learning Partner position.
The cost is:
$50 for MLK Weekend trips
$100 for Spring Break Weeklong trips
$300 for Spring Break Weeklong International trips