Alternative Breaks

Parent/Family Information

  1. Who can I contact at Xavier about Alternative Breaks?
  2. Where are the trips headed?
    • Trip descriptions are available now. Locations will be announced upon acceptance into the Alternative Breaks program.
  3. Is there an Alcohol and Drug Policy for AB?
    • Yes. All participants, site leaders, faculty and board members are not allowed to consume, purchase, be under the influence of or possess any alcoholic beverages or illegal drugs at any AB sanctioned events. Failure to follow this rule will result in removal from AB trip. If violation occurs while on the AB trip, that person will be financially responsible for returning home and will not be allowed to finish the trip. Violators are also subject to further action from AB board and Xavier University.
  4. Are there chaperones on the trips?
    • Every AB trip is led by a pair of student Site Leaders. International trips and many domestic trips, including sites we are visiting for the first time, will also accompanied by one faculty or staff participant.
  5. How can I help?
    • You can help by donating to AB, and asking your student about their experience before and after they travel!
  6. Who do I make a check out to when I am donating?
    • Please make all checks payable to: Xavier University Alternative Breaks.
  7. How does fundraising work for Alternative Breaks?
    • XUAB's leaders believe Alternative Breaks should be for everyone, not just those who can easily finance a trip out-of-pocket. For this reason, we keep participant costs low (a $200-$400 fee), but that means the bulk of the costs of the trip are not covered by that fee. To cover the rest of the cost, each trip group has a unique fundraising goal. In order for your gift to be tax deductible, it must be made to the organization, not an individual person, but we track your student's banner ID and make sure your donation goes toward their trip's goal. For tax purposes, Xavier's giving office sends an official acknowledgement, but you should receive a personalized thank you note from the student you supported after their trip.