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.


Ways to Get Involved


Trip Advisor

Trip advisors support the Alternative Break Experience by connecting co-curricular and curricular aspects of the service experience and help students to reflect on their experiences to progress participants through the Active Citizen Continuum

Throughout the 2021-2022 academic year, the BCLS is hosting 30 different service-based and social issue-focused trips, both internationally and within the Southeastern United States through the Florida Alternative Breaks (FAB) program. Each trip will be planned by the BCLS Staff and student Site Leaders in collaboration with community and faculty/Staff/GA partners.


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.”


FAB TRIP OPPORTUNITIES

Below are descriptions of service trips, the dates, and what social issues the trips encompass. Please fill out an application corresponding to the trip you are interested in.

November 12 - 14th

January 14 - 17, 2022

March 6 - March 12, 2022
Social Issue: Animals and the Environment (Sustainable Agriculture) 

Date: Mar. 6- Mar. 12th  

Location: Sharpsburg, Georgia 

Price: $71 

Website: www.180degreefarm.org 

180° Farm is a non-profit, dedicated to grow, give, teach. They are committed to growing organic fruits and vegetables, along with pasture raised – grass fed meats and eggs. Once harvested, the meat and produce is then given to those who are sick or food insecure in the community. Volunteers will assist with planting, composting animal husbandry and clearing the fields. They will also assist with greenhouse tasks and packing food or local cancer patients.  

Accommodations:

FAB will provide the following  

  • Transportation 
  • Meals 
  • Lodging-Hotel 

Application: https://ufl.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5iQs91thqbkmhj8

Social Issue: Human and Civil Rights (Refugee Resettlement) 

Date: Mar. 6- Mar. 12th

Location: Atlanta, GA 

Price: $65

Website: www.cityofrefugeinc.com 

The City of Refuge is a non-profit organization dedicated to community development efforts that lead to the stability and sustainability of the local community. City of Refuge offers both life-saving resources and life building tools to individuals and families in Atlanta who are living on the margin. There are many opportunities for volunteer to meet the needs of those we serve while gaining an enriching experience in return. 

Accommodations: 

FAB will provide the following

  • Transportation 
  • Meals 
  • Lodging-Community Center 

Application: https://ufl.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_diG2Qpb04fhJiRM

Social Issue: Community Development (Disaster Recovery & Rebuilding/Sustainable Living)

Date: Mar. 6- Mar.12th

Location: Panama City FL/Lynn Haven, FL

Price: $86 

Website: https://sbpusa.org/

On October 10, 2018, Hurricane Michael devastated the Florida Panhandle as a category five storm, leaving communities unrecognizable and in ruins. SBP stepped in to directly rebuilt homes for more than 1,200 families. Volunteers can participate in a wide range of tasks that include gutting and demolition, drywall installation, flooring, exterior and interior painting and so much more.

Accommodations:

FAB will provide the following

  • Transportation 
  • Meals 
  • Lodging-Hotel 

Application: https://ufl.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3f0VJvyE1y38dJc


Summer 2022

List of trips coming soon!


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