2019-2020 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.
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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 from UF's CashNet system when you pay your trip payment. 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! Click here to apply for our Spring Break cycle.
Our Spring Break trip scholarship applications will open Monday, January 6 and close on Thursday, February 13. Students who apply for the fall 2019 scholarship round and do not receive a scholarship are eligible to reapply to the spring 2020 cycle.
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. Want to learn more about the scholarship click here.
Going on a FAB Trip? Save the Date for your trip season's Orientation Event!
November Weekend Trips, Winter & MLK Trips - Tuesday, November 19 from 6 pm - 8 pm in Graham Hall Gallery
Spring Break Trips - Date TBD
Hiking and Helping on the Florida Trail
Trip cost: $110
Trip Dates: Friday, January 17 - Monday, January 20
St. Marks, FL
Florida Trail Association
Join Florida Alternative Break (FAB) and Florida Trail Association (FTA) in performing trail maintenance on the unique Florida National Scenic Trail, also known as the Florida Trail. Volunteers and FTA staff will reopen and maintain the rugged Swamp Hammock section of trail within St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge. UF Florida Alternative Breaks adopted this ~2.5 mile section in 2018. St. Marks NWR is one of the oldest wildlife refuges in the country and is renowned for its abundance in migratory birds. The Florida Trail crosses the entirety of St. Marks NWR, providing the only backpacking experience in America within a National Wildlife Refuge.
Participants will get to experience the exotic sub-tropical landscapes of this coastal region, including coastal marshland, cypress swamps, and long-leaf pine forests-- each presenting their own maintenance challenges. Trail work will involve clearing vegetation using loppers and hand saws as well as blazing. The crew will hike up to 4 miles each day. No previous trail maintenance experience is required. The FTA will provide all tools, personal protective equipment (PPE) and training.
Children with Disabilities - FULL
Trip cost: $0
Trip Date: Saturday, February 8, 2020
Give Kids the World
Give Kids the World Village is an 84-acre, nonprofit resort in Central Florida that provides weeklong, cost-free vacations to children with critical illnesses and their families. Each year 27,000 children in the United States are diagnosed with a critical illness. Half of all children eligible for a wish through a partnering wish-granting organization choose to visit Central Florida and its collection of theme parks and other attractions. The Village and its community partners provide children and their families accommodations in fully-furnished villas, transportation, tickets to theme parks, meals, daily entertainment and much more.
If you have a heart for service and love working with kids, register for this trip.
Community Development - FULL
Trip cost: $0
Trip Date: Saturday, February 8, 2020
Community Food Pantry
The Community Food Pantry strives to end the physical and emotional hunger of families in a dignified manner. Their comprehensive approach not only alleviates hunger with nutritional foods, but also provides support services such as health screenings, nutritional education for the whole person, veterans and homeless outreach. They serve each client and host each volunteer with grace and dignity and without regard to race, creed, religion, income or perceived need. The Community Food Pantry helped feed over 43,000 people in 2018. Each year parents who have trouble making ends meet, seniors on fixed incomes deciding between medicine and groceries, individuals who have lost a job or are underemployed come to the pantry for assistance.
If you want to help those in need and really see the impact your work has on the community, register for this trip.
Children with Disabilities - 7 SPOTS
Trip cost: $72
Trip Date: Friday, March 6, 2020 - Sunday, March 8, 2020
Camp Boggy Creek
Since 1996, Camp Boggy Creek has made it possible for children with serious illnesses to enjoy a camp experience in a safe, medically-sound environment. Located just a short drive from Orlando, Florida, the 232-acre camp serves children ages 7-16 who’ve been diagnosed with chronic or life-threatening conditions. Camp Boggy Creek never charges campers to attend and never asks them to contribute anything other than a positive, playful attitude. As a year-round retreat, Camp Boggy Creek is able to serve thousands for campers and their families through activity-packed weekly and weekend camp programs. The camp offers children the chance to catch their first fish, go horseback riding or climb our ropes tower, all while making new friends. Beyond boundless fun, Camp Boggy Creek provides fellowship. Children can spend time with others who are just like them and share their life-experiences, which serves as a reminder that they are not alone.
If you have a heart for service and want to brighten up a child’s day, register for this trip.
Youth Advocacy - 10 SPOTS
Trip cost: $230
Trip Date: Sunday, March 1, 2020 - Saturday, March 7, 2020
Carolina Youth Development Center and Windwood Farms
Carolina Youth Development Center (CYDC) aims to provide children of all ages with an opportunity to become their best self. CYDC focuses on teaching kids of all ages skills and creative outlets that allow them to express themselves and create long lasting friendships with other children which will allow them to successfully transition into adulthood. During service, volunteers will learn more about the CYDC and their services, as well as work with the staff to maintain the grounds and have the chance to interact with the children there.
Windwood Farms cares for young boys in the foster care system. The farms offer the boys a place to learn and play in an environment that allows them to grow and learn. While volunteering here, students will also work with the staff to maintain the property and have the chance to play with the kids who are living at the farm.
If you enjoy children and have an interest in social work, you should register for this trip.
Sustainable Agriculutre - 4 SPOTS
Trip cost: $183
Trip Date: Saturday, February 29, 2020 - Friday, March 6, 2020
180 Degree Farm
180 Degree Farm aims to provide clean and nutritious foods to cancer patients to aid them and their families in their recovery and healing. They work to maintain a farm which is sustainable and grow foods free of pesticides, herbicides, hormones, and antibiotics; 180 Degree Farms then ditributes organic food to the community. Join 180 Degree Farm in their journey to provide for the community and expericne a full week of hands-on service growing and maintaining their fields.
If you love being outdoors and care about clean eating, register for this trip.