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 closed.
save the date - fab spring break participant orientation is Tuesday, february 12 from 6 pm - 8 pm in the graham hall gallery.
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UF's National Gator Parent & Family Leadership Council's scholarship for FAB is now open. Apply now through february 1 for Spring break offerings.
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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 - FULL
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 ECOTOURISM- Closed
Trip Cost: $309
Trip Dates: Sunday, March 3 - Saturday, March 9
UniCoi State Park
UF’s FAB and UF’s Travel & Recreation Program (TRiP) are collaborating to offer an outdoor recreation and service learning experience over spring break week. The trip’s social issue will be focused on Sustainable Ecotourism, and students will be doing service and outdoor recreation activities within UniCoi State Park in Helen, GA. Georgia State Parks has a mission “To protect [their] state's natural beauty and historic integrity while providing opportunities for public enjoyment and education”.Service activities could include trail maintenance and beautification projects. Outdoor recreation activities could entail hiking, backpacking, a one night overnight camping experience etc. Lodging accommodations will be in cabins at UniCoi State Park. Disclaimer: Trip details are subject to change. We will communicate the most up-to-date information via our website and email. Please note that the trip price does not include outdoor rental gear for this experience. All participants on this trip experience will get a 10% discount on any personal gear that is needed for the trip to rent from UF’s Center for Outdoor Recreation & Education (CORE). You can view offerings here.
Social Issue Information:
One of the consequences of the recent government shutdown will be its impact to public lands. Even before the shutdown, America’s public lands were already threatened by a number of issues include natural resource exploitation, budget shortfalls (the NPS alone has an $11 billion maintenance backlog), and overcrowding. The federal government shutdown compounded these issues by leaving our national parks and forests understaffed during the busy holiday season, resulting in damage that could take months, years, or even generations to repair. Therefore, now more than ever, America’s public lands need our help to recover.
fab goes local - closed
Trip Cost: $25
Trip Dates: Monday, March 4 - Friday, March 8
Days for Girls International
FAB is offering a local service option for students who may not be able to travel for spring break week. We are still currently finalizing our service schedule for the week. Students will serve with Days for Girls International from 2 pm - 8 pm on Monday and Wednesday of Spring Break week and from 10 am - 4 pm on Friday. Students who participate on the experience are only responsible for paying the $25 trip deposit which covers the cost of food and transportation for the week. There will be a pre-trip meeting TBD. The meeting will most likely occur during one of the first few days of spring break week.
SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE - FULL
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Women and Adolescent Well-Being : Trip Closed
Trip Cost: $272
Trip Dates: Saturday, March 2 - Saturday, March 9
The Women & Adolescent Wellbeing trip will be working with 3 different community partners for service.
At Lowcountry Pregnancy Center, student volunteers will help with administrative tasks while the organization prepares for an upcoming event to get donations. The group will also get a tour around the facility and learn what they do there.
At the Carolina Youth Development Center, the group will be doing indirect service with something fun on the Friday of our trip where we will be interacting with the youth. More details about the service project will be given closer to trip departure.
At Windwood Farm, the group will be doing landscaping, weed whacking, painting, gardening. The group will also have a chance to play kickball with the boys that live on the farm.
All students who are participating on this experience must complete UF’s Youth Protection Training no later than Monday, February 11. Failure to send in certification of training will result in being removed from the trip experience. You can complete UF’s Youth Protection Training (YCS800) 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 with the subject line Youth Protection Training for FAB trip.
Students will be staying at a local church for this experience and will be sleeping on carpeted floor space. Students need to arrange having their own sleeping bag, air mattress, pillow, etc. for comfort on this experience. UF's Center for Outdoor Recreation & Education (CORE) does have sleeping bags/mats to rent. Students can learn more here: http://recsports.ufl.edu/outdoors-adventure/outfitter-rental. The group has a single bathroom/shower facility available to them for their stay as well as access to the church’s commercial kitchen to cook meals. Because of other scheduled activities that the church is hosting, students should be prepared to be flexible and be out of the church facility at certain times to accommodate the church’s schedule.