2018-2019 FLORIDA ALTERNATIVE BREAKS TRIPS
Florida Alternative Breaks (FAB) offers the opportunity to do service in a location outside of Gainesville while learning about a particular issue in-depth and creating lasting friendships with your fellow trip members. Although participation in a FAB trip is very rewarding, it also requires commitment and dedication from all involved. Read the FAQ section to learn about expectations and responsibilities for FAB participants.
FAB Trip Registeration is now open! Please register for a FAB trip here.
We will be updating our website periodically throughout the fall with more FAB trip offerings. Check back often for more details.
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You will not receive an automatic confirmation from Qualtrics if your trip registeration went through. However, you should receive a receipt for paying your $25 trip deposit. Please do not submit your Qualtrics FAB trip registration more than once.
UF's National Gator Parent & Family Leadership Council's scholarship for FAB is now open. Apply now through October 29 for Winter and MLK Trip offerings at this link.
Have issues with registering for your FAB trip or applying for the National Gator Parent & Family Leadership Council scholarship? Check out our FAQs first to see if we have identified a solution.
IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT THE TRIPS PLEASE EMAIL SAIBCLS@ufsa.ufl.edu or FAB@LEADERSHIPANDSERVICE.UFL.EDU.
Refugee Resettlement trip- full
Trip Cost: $160
Lutheran Services of Georgia
Lutheran Services of Georgia (LSG) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to guide individuals and families on a path from surviving to thriving. LSG’s Refugee Services assists hundreds of refugees each year on the path to citizenship. LSG provides services to newly arrived refugees to help them become economically self-sufficient, socially integrated, and culturally acclimated. This is the first year that Florida Alternative Breaks has partnered with Lutheran Services of Georgia, and we are excited to build a lasting partnership. If you are considering joining this trip, you can expect to volunteer in the following ways: sort and deliver winter gifts, go on home visits and check-ins with refugee families, and assist with the early employment program.
All FAB Trip Participants on this experience will need to complete a background check with Lutheran Services of Georgia prior to service. Due to the time to process the background checks, this trip registration will close on Monday, October 29 by 9 am.
Information about the Background Check:
Lutheran Services of Georgia (LSG) partners with First Choice, a national background screening company, to complete the background checks for volunteers. LSG register students using their legal names and email addresses. The students will then receive an electronic response asking for their date of birth, birthplace, current city of residence, and social security number. If a student does not have a social security number, there is an international check that LSG can run. If you want additional information about First Choice, please visit First Choice’s website: http://firstchoiceresearch.com/.
Information about the Housing Site:
Our housing site is Bread Emory, and expected housing accommodations include a kitchen area, bathroom with showers, and some couches. Bringing a blowup mattress or sleeping bag is recommended. We expect an exciting and educational trip and hope you will join us in welcoming refugees into our country!
ENVIRONMENTAL PRESERVATION - FULL.
St. Marks, FL
Florida Trail Association
The Florida Trail Association (FTA) develops, maintains, protects and promotes a network of hiking trails throughout the state, including the unique Florida National Scenic Trail (commonly known as the Florida Trail). Their work is extremely important to providing outdoor opportunities for the general public, and consequently receiving more public support for environmental preservation. Florida Alternative Breaks (FAB) has worked consistently on a part of this trail network in St.Marks, Florida. This work includes removing plant debris from trail pathway, creating trail markers, and clean up of litter. FAB and the FTA have worked together every year for the past four years, and consequently FAB has been officially dedicated a part of the Florida Trail. If you are considering joining this trip be prepared to pack hiking/tennis shoes, clothes/layers you can get dirty in, a water bottle, and a backpack. Expected housing accommodations include a bunkhouse/building with bunkbeds, showers, and a full sized kitchen. This trip proves to be a meaningful and enjoyable experience for participants year after year, including quality time by the campfire and scenic drives along the coast! We look forward to making a difference along the Florida Trail again this year so more people can get outside and respect our planet!
mlk community development - 5 spots open
Trip Cost: $136
Homelessness is a prevalent issue in Florida with many people experiencing this condition being children and veterans. This MLK weekend, you can join us as we travel to Jacksonville, FL and work with Habitat for Humanity of Jacksonville, City Rescue Mission, and Trinity Rescue Mission to help out those in need. At Habitat for Humanity, students will be helping out with a house build. At City Rescue Mission, students will be assisting in their Thrift Store. At Trinity Rescue Mission, students will be serving a meal to individuals experiencing homelessness. There is a mandatory pre-trip meeting that will happen on Wednesday, January 9 from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm in the J. Wayne Reitz Union in room 2102. This room is located in the Student Activities and Involvement Portal.
SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE - 5 spots available.
Trip Cost: $138
Trip Dates: Saturday, March 2 - Saturday, March 9
180 Degree Farms
180 Degree Farms is a non-profit organization that provides locally grown food from their own farm for those in need. Everything on their farm is raised and grown organically without the use of chemicals that could harm the environment. Many farms in the U.S. use herbicides and pesticides that eventually get washed up in our oceans and water supply. 180 Degree avoids using any type of chemicals in their crops and livestock. On the farm, we will be helping 180 Degree with farming duties such as planting crops, tending to farm animals, etc. 180 Degree Farms have also been generous enough to provide housing for us in one of their local hotels for the week. Bring clothes and tennis shoes you wouldn’t mind getting dirty, a water bottle, and a positive attitude.
Children with disabilities - FULL.
Trip Cost: $97
Trip Dates: Tuesday, March 5 - Sunday, March 10
Camp Boggy Creek
Camp Boggy Creek, which is founded by Paul Newman, is located in Eustis, FL. Camp Boggy Creek is dedicated to spreading joy to the lives of children living with chronic illnesses, by providing a safe and inclusive environment for all. As participants in the Florida Alternative Break Spring Break trip, you can expect to spread happiness to children by creating opportunities for children to participate in any activity available. In addition, you will have the opportunity to be a buddy to a child living with chronic illness. The staff at Camp Boggy Creek assigns you to a child based on a questionnaire, and for the entire time, you are like an older sibling to the child. FAB Participants will be staying on-site at Camp Boggy Creek for lodging purposes.
To be considered a participant on this experience, students have additional requirements that will need be filled prior to going on the FAB trip experience:
1. Complete UF’s Youth Protection Training (YCS800) by Monday, February 11 at this link https://oycs.ufsa.ufl.edu/compliance/training/. Copy of training certification will need to be emailed to David & Wanda Brown Center for Leadership and Service at email@example.com.
2. Register for an UltraCamp account with Camp Boggy Creek and complete the application. More instructions will be provided via email after you have been accepted on the FAB trip. You will be asked to provide 3 references within your application.
3.Obtain medical records or receive the necessary vaccines two weeks prior to your FAB trip. The vaccines that will be required are the following:
a.2 MMR vaccinations
b.Varicella vaccination or an email from you stating what year you had the chicken pox
c.TB test results within the past 2 years
d.A record of you receiving a flu shot from this current season
4.Completion of at 15-20 minute phone interview with Camp Boggy Creek staff.
All of this information will be emailed out to students who get accepted on the FAB trip.