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Alternative Break Site Leaders

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Interested in being a site leader for an Alternative Break experience?

Looking to build your leadership skills or maybe you have previous experience as an Alternative Break participant and you are inspired to take on a new role in the Alternative Break movement, we encourage you to apply as an Alternative Break Site Leader for one of our Spring Break programs.

Site Leader Position Description and Expectation

The Site Leader position is a committed leadership role within the Alternative Break Program and the Center for Civic Engagement, ideal for any student who is interested in working for social justice. The Site Leader role is a nine-month commitment from September 2018 through April 2019. Site Leaders can expect to spend 3-6 hours per week planning and organizing trip logistics. As resources for Alternative Break participants, leaders will be expected to meet the following criteria throughout the duration of their role:

  • Support strategies for participant recruitment including information sessions, tabling, and student organization presentations
  • Develop and co-lead pre-departure educational meetings
  • Plan and implement one pre-trip and one post-trip service experience locally for participants
  • Participate in program-wide fundraisers
  • Coordinate all logistical aspects of trip experience (i.e. lodging, food, travel, appropriate paperwork, training, education, etc.)
  • Create and co-lead consistent, connected, challenging reflection activities and conversations with trip participants
  • Manage communication with participants, faculty/staff Learning Partner (advisor), as well as community partners
  • Attend all mandatory Site Leader training and participant meetings and events
  • Adhere to deadlines assigned by Associate Director of the CCE for education and reflection materials, logistical aspects, trip payments, etc.

Professional Development and Skill-Building Opportunities 

Site Leaders volunteer their time toward making the Alternative Break experience a transformative and educational one for participants, and in turn, develop highly marketable skills they can highlight for future internship and employment opportunities.
The training Site Leaders participate in will not only prepare Site Leaders for all aspects of planning and leading an Alternative Break experience, but also serve as educational workshops that will teach leaders transferable skills including:

  • Facilitation
  • Project management
  •  Effective collaboration and conflict management
  •  Leading conversations around social justice and diversity
  • Problem-solving and adaptability


Site Leaders for the 2018-2019 year will receive compensation to cover the full cost of their trip for meeting the expectations of this role.


Applications to be a 2018-19 Alternative Break Site Leader can be found here. Applications are due Monday, September 3rd at 5:00 p.m. in the Center for Civic Engagement. Qualified applicants will be invited to the interview round based on their short answer responses. Interviews will take place Tuesday, September 4th- Friday, September 7th. 

Please contact Christopher Ciarcia with any questions. 


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