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October: Land Protection and Preservation

Friday, October 8 - Saturday, October 9

We're going camping! Join us for an overnight outdoor experience in Huntsville, AL with the Land Trust of North AlabamaAcquisition of land is the first critical step in protecting North Alabama’s great natural places. Once land has been acquired, the Land Trust begins the never-ending work of ensuring that these acres have the proper care to thrive. We will be working on the Matthews Preserve property to remove invasive species. 

Each participant will have their own tent to camp in and there will not be immediate access to facilities while we are there. We will help provide equipment (tents, sleeping pads, etc.) for anyone who does not have access to one.

Cost: $25 
Transportation and food will be provided. 

APPLY HERE - Applications for this break will close on Friday, September 17. There are a limited number of spots available and participants may be selected based on an interview process. 

November (Virtual): Democracy or Dictatorship

Saturday, November 20 - Sunday, November 21

This November 2021 Honduras will experience one of the most important elections in its history—conflict, corruption, voter fraud, violence and chaos are already predicted for this season. Because of its fractured political system, Honduras now faces the additional controversy over Zedes (Zones for Employment and Economic Development)—a model that provides a high level of autonomy with its own political system, at a judicial, economic and administrative level.

In this interactive experience with World Compass, we will touch upon themes related to the political situation in Honduras and Central America and how this situation affects the population in terms of poverty, education, emigration, and economic development. 

Cost: Free

APPLY HERE - Applications for this break will close on Friday, October 29. This is a virtual experience, so there is no limit to the number of students that can participate. 

Site Leader applications open during the spring semester in April for the following academic year. To apply as a 2021-2022 Site Leader, fill out the following application by Friday, April 23rd. After submission, you will be contacted to schedule an interview time. Any UNA student who will be enrolled for the 2021-2022 academic year is eligible to apply. 


All of our service breaks are student-led!

The Alternative Breaks program provides the opportunity to learn about political and social community dynamics while becoming a catalyst for collaborative social change. Through learning and practice, you will explore the theory of integrating service, education, and reflection to create meaningful change in your community.

As a site leader, you would be responsible for planning an Alternative Break service break focused on a particular social issue, recruiting students to participate, assisting in group and individual fundraisers and executing your assigned service break.  Other responsibilities include but are not limited to attending regular meetings (scheduled based on your availability) with the AB Advisor, conducting pre-trip meetings for your participants, attending SOAR sessions during the summer, etc.

We promise not to leave you hanging! There are many training opportunities for AB Site Leaders including an official Break Away training, Title IX, risk management, CPR certification, and more!  This is genuinely one of the most unique leadership opportunities offered at UNA!

Site Leader selection is based on an interview process. All Site Leaders must have participated on an Alternative Breaks trip prior to application. 

Because the Site Leader position requires extensive time and commitment, Site Leaders receive a one-time scholarship and discounted site fee. 

Perks: One-time $250 scholarship, 75% off of site-fee & a leadership experience unlike any other!