Alternative Breaks allows students the opportunity to grow in their leadership skills while also serving others.
Bus Leaders serve as the main contact for their service and housing sites for their trip. They assist in the contracting process, attend weekly meetings, plan and run weekly meetings with their trip leaders, help with site research and selection, and more.
Trip Leaders assist the bus leaders in trip planning for their trip. They work together to plan and execute trip details such as daily itineraries, meals, free day plans, etc. Trip Leaders also work with a co-leader to plan and lead a team of 10 to 15 students in reflection on the trip.
The Alternative Breaks Executive Board consists of student leaders who create and implement long term goals and strategic plans for the organization. Board members meet regularly to plan Alternative Breaks events, recruit participants, create the comprehensive Alternative Breaks budget, maintain databases of past housing and service sites, and more. Positions on the board include AB Director, ASB Coordinator, AWB/ASuB Coordinator, and PR Coordinator. Positions are renewed each year.
Illinois State University faculty and staff are encouraged to take part in the Alternative Breaks program by serving as Trip Advisors. All trips are lead by students, but the Trip Advisors are onsite to help if needed. A minimum of one Trip Advisor is needed for every Alternative Breaks trip; large trips require additional advisors.
If you are interested in learning more about any of these positions, contact Annie Weaver.