2017-2018 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.
TRIP REGISTRATION OPENS at Issue Fair on October 10, 3-5 pm, Reitz Union North Lawn
IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT THE TRIPS PLEASE EMAIL CLS@LEADERSHIPANDSERVICE.UFL.EDU
PLEASE NOTE: The trips listed below are only in the planning stages and have not been finalized with our community partners. The final trip list will be revealed at Issue Fair on October 10, 3-5 pm, Reitz Union North Lawn.
Refugee resettlement- 12 spots left
New American Pathways
Newly-arrived refugees, who represent a wide range of cultures and languages, are under tremendous pressure to adapt quickly to American life and culture. Within a few short months, they are expected to speak English, find sustainable employment, enroll their children in school, and understand the complexities of the American health care system, government programs, the school system, and social services. Lend a hand to an organization that builds trust and personal relationships to help refugees to become established new Americans.
Health and rehab - 12 SPOTS LEFT
A.G Rhodes Health Care Center
A.G. Rhodes Health & Rehab provides expert and compassionate rehabilitation therapy and residential care to seniors in metro Atlanta. Resident’s physical, social and psychological well-being is their chief concern. Students will begin their service at the Wesley Woods location for the first two days, and end in the Atlanta location. Volunteer activities include but not limited to resident visitations, activities (BINGO, art, games), and music therapy class support.
ENVIRONMENTAL PRESERVATION - 12 SPOTS LEFT
St. Marks, FL
Florida Trail Association
The Florida Trail contains many gaps, and is not permanently protected from urban encroachment, loss of access, and illegal use. Participants will conduct trail maintenance on part of the trail. Basic trail maintenance using hand tools provided by the Florida Trail Association. Students will hike the trail at the end of the trip and see all the work they have accomplished.
FARMWORKERS’ RIGHTS - 12 SPOTS LEFT
Farm Worker’s Association of Florida, Hope Community Center
Hope Community Center is a service learning community dedicated to the empowerment of Central Florida’s immigrant and working poor communities through Education, Advocacy and Spiritual Growth. Students will work in the field and get to know the community to establish a connection. Students will become allies of support with the community and learn the policies and programs that have been established to protect them.
LGBTQ RIGHTS - 12 SPOTS LEFT
Pridelines’ mission is to support, educate, and empower LGBTQ+ youth in South Florida. Their focus is on the improvement of the lives of these community members, identifying resources for emerging needs and issues of the LGBTQ+ youth, and building relationships based on equality and mutual respect. Students will begin their service at the new community center, creating a beautiful and appealing environment for the community members in the Spring. Volunteer activities include beautifying the landscape, community garden, and the community center’s interior.
ANIMAL WELFARE - 12 SPOTS LEFT
Big Cat Rescue
Big Cat Rescue is one of the largest accredited sanctuaries in the world dedicated to abused and abandoned big cats. Their mission is to provide the best home they can for the cats in their care, end abuse of big cats in captivity and prevent extinction of big cats in the wild. Volunteers will work on beautification of the camp, working towards a sustainable and adequate home for the animals. They will interact with the animals at the end of each day.
SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE - 12 SPOTS LEFT
180 Degree Farms
180 Degree Farms is a nonprofit and 100% volunteer-based ministry dedicated to provide organically grown food to those who are sick or impoverished in their community. Their main focus is on those dealing with cancer. They send 300 lbs of free organic food per week which helps ease the financial burden. As a volunteer, you will be able to prepare the fields for the spring and pack dry goods for those in need.
FOOD SECURITY - 12 SPOTS LEFT
Second Harvest Food Bank
One of the largest food banks and distribution centers nationwide. It was designed to collect food that would otherwise be wasted, inspect and sort the food, and distribute the food to soup kitchens and neighboring shelters to serve those in Middle Tennessee experiencing food insecurity. Volunteers will spend their days working with the wonderful staff of Second Harvest Food Bank where they will pack, sort and organize literally tons of donated food meant for soup kitchens and residents of underserved communities.
CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES - 12 SPOTS LEFT
Camp Royall is the nation’s oldest and largest camp program for people on the autism spectrum, serving individuals on the autism spectrum and their families year round. Participants will help with duties like office work and repairs and help host a minicamp where campers come for a weekend of fun and provide a weekend of respite to their families.
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT - 12 SPOTS LEFT
Habitat for Humanity
The SEC Compact is an Alternative Break partnership between five Southeastern Conference schools in which each school will send one trip to the same service site. Help build or renovate houses for those who need housing assistance and also get to know the community you are giving back to!