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Faculty/Staff Information

Dear Xavier University Faculty/Staff member,

Alternative Breaks is looking forward to yet another fun and exciting year full of active citizenship and education on many of the social justice issues facing our world today. This year Alternative Breaks is expanding and we are excited about the opportunity to host trips that involve a variety of new issues. We will continue to send groups all throughout the United States and even abroad to focus on our more popular. We do our best to maintain a low cost for all of our trips because we truly feel that these trips have the potential to be life-changing experiences. Therefore, we believe that all Xavier students and faculty/staff members deserve the opportunity to embrace a vision of a world-wide community living in solidarity with one another, perpetuating dignity and justice in their daily lives.

Alternative Breaks is a student-run organization and we welcome and value the participation of faculty and staff members who provide an irreplaceable outlook about the experience for the students and those at the service site. Faculty and staff members provide legal assistance on all of the trips and bring advice, experience, and countless reservoirs of knowledge to the student groups. In return, Alternative Breaks provides a chance for you to interact with students outside of the classroom or office and bond with a group of students through interest in the same social justice issue. Faculty/Staff members that do decide to participate in Alternative Breaks should remember that they are not the trip leaders but instead are participants on the trip which is led by a team of two trained students. As a Faculty/Staff member, you are only needed for some leadership assistance in emergency situations but otherwise you get to participate in the experience as a peer with 9-12 other members of the group. We hope that you will consider participating in Alternative Breaks this year and be open to the unique experiences that the trips provide. We currently have trips during both spring and summer break. If at any time you have questions, would like to further discuss the roles of a Faculty/Staff member in Alternative Breaks, or need more information on how to become involved, please feel free to contact Amanda Burns at any time by email at burnsa6@xavier.edu. Thank you for your interest, consideration, and continued support of Alternative Breaks!

Best Regards,
Amanda Burns
Alternative Breaks Chair
For more information, please join us at the Faculty/Staff AB Information Session!

 

As a faculty/staff member on an Alternative Breaks trip you will:

  1. Establish a trusting, well-informed, collaborative relationship with a pair of student site leaders. We value the unique knowledge, advice, and experience you bring to our program and believe it a necessary part of empowering the student leaders.
  2. Play an important role in the education process along with student site leaders, participants, and the host site.
  3. Attend regular meetings with the site leader pair and the whole group in order to keep communication lines open and maintain group dynamics prior to the actual trip.
    • We recommend a minimum of two meetings before winter break and three after (at a minimum).
    • Meetings for trips begin meeting regularly Mid-October.
  4. Share legal and emergency responsibility with the site leaders
    • You will need to familiarize yourself with emergency procedures and legality issues associated with your specific trip destination provided by Xavier University and Alternative Breaks. An emergency training session will be provided for Site Leaders and Faculty/Staff members in the spring semester. 
    • We are required by the University to have a faculty/staff member on each of our 22 trips.

Time permitting you can also get involved with other AB activities including:

  • Fundraising activities
  • Large/Small Group Service
  • Spring Break and Summer Break Kick Off Parties
  • Post Break Trip Fair and Slide Show

Much of the planning and organization for each trip is done by a pair of student site leaders. Since you will be working closely with the pair, it is important that you are informed of their roles as well as your own. The following are site leader responsibilities:

  • Attend weekly meeting with a Site Leader Coordinator (Member of the AB Board)
  • Plan and lead weekly group meetings starting in November (spring trips) and January (summer trips).
  • Plan and lead reflections with co-Site Leader
  • Plan and lead education activities both before and after break
  • Collaborate with a Faculty/Staff member
  • Maintain relationship with site contact
  • Collect payments and forms from participants
  • Participate in Fundraising events
  • Keep group on schedule while on break
  • Keep track of group funds and travel expenses
  • Participate in Board/Site Leader and large group service days
  • Handle emergency situations