Florida Alternative Breaks (FAB)


Florida Alternative Breaks (FAB) is a University of Florida program that provides service-learning trips based on specific social issues during academic breaks. The program strives to create active engaged citizens by encouraging the alternative break movement. Each trip places an emphasis on service, education, and reflection in order to maximize the impact of the experience. UF’s FAB program is just one piece of the national social movement of Alternative Breakers.

Mission

Engage students in social issues through service, education, and reflection.

Vision

To develop a community of life-long active citizens who are committed to positive, sustainable change.



Upcoming Trips

Check back soon for information regarding Spring 2021 trips and how to apply.



Ways to Get Involved


Site Leader

As a site leader you can expect to develop your skills in a number of ways including:

  • Leading and a team of peers
  • Management of budget and balancing finances
  • Communication skills: managing conflict and team dynamics
  • Relationship development and collaboration with trip participants and and community members
  • Adaptability and anticipating change
  • Time management
  • Confidence in serving in new and unfamiliar spaces

Participant

As a participant you can expect to develop your skills in a number of ways including:

  • Communication skills
  • Followership skills: how to be a good team member
  • Relationship development and collaboration with trip participants and and community members
  • Adaptability
  • Time management
  • Collaboration


“This FAB experience humanized the experiences of refugees and made the statistics that we all hear much more realistic. The trip transformed what were originally just numbers that we know into children that endure unimaginable difficulties and still greet strangers with a smile on their face. It made me want to get more involved.”


History

Mary Kay Schneider and Kristy Chase began to plan the first UF Florida Alternative Breaks (FAB) trip in the fall of 1992 under the Gators Involved in Volunteer Endeavors (GIVE) student organization. A group of 21 alternative breakers took their first trip during the 1993 spring break to help reconstruct homes in Miami after Hurricane Andrew and then camped out on the Fiesta Key for two nights.

The following year FAB went on two trips, and then in 1995 the number of trips grew to three. One student wrote of their trip to Washington D.C. in 1995, “I think I found a greater sense of worth. This week gives me something to think about when I may feel that life is not worth the trouble. I have seen the real world, and I have it great.”

Over the years FAB has grown tremendously. Today the organization has 4 Managers and 25 Site Leaders who coordinate trips for Veteran’s Day weekend, winter break, MLK weekend, and spring break trips.



Questions

Want to know more and the FAB program? Connect with our staff at
bcls@ufsa.ufl.edu