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? Have previous experience as an Alternative Break participant and want to take on a new role? If so, we encourage you to apply as an Alternative Break Site Leader.

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. 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 (information sessions, tabling, and student organization presentations)
  • Develop and lead pre-departure educational meetings
  • Plan and execute one pre-trip and one post-trip local service experience
  • Participate in program-wide fundraisers
  • Coordinate all logistical aspects of the experience (i.e. lodging, food, travel, appropriate paperwork, training, education, etc.)
  • Create and lead consistent, connected, challenging reflection activities for participants
  • Communicate with participants, faculty/staff Learning Partner (advisor), and community partners
  • Attend all mandatory Site Leader trainings, participant meetings, and events
  • Adhere to deadlines assigned by CCE staff

Professional Development and Skill-Building Opportunities 

Site Leaders volunteer their time to make the Alternative Break experience transformative and educational for participants. In turn, they develop highly marketable skills they can highlight for future internship and employment opportunities.
The training in which Site Leaders participate will not only prepare them for all aspects of planning and leading an Alternative Break experience, but also will teach them transferable skills including:

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


Site Leaders will receive compensation to cover much of the cost their trip. Total compensation will be determined depending on the cost of the trip.



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