How many students are selected for each AFB, AWB, or ASB experience?
Each break has two student leaders and 10 participants.
Fees are non-refundable. Need-based financial assistance may be available upon request.
Do I receive academic credit for an alternative break?
Only participants of an APPLES alternative spring break receive academic credit for their experience. Neither AFB nor AWB has an academic course connection, and therefore do not fulfill the experiential education requirement.
Alternative fall and winter breaks:
Prior to the break, participants attend pre-experience orientation designed to educate them about the social issues they will be focusing on during the break. In addition, students will participate in a project that connects their break experience to the Chapel Hill community upon their return.
Alternative spring break:
The Alternative Spring Break program includes a two-credit hour, pass/fail course in which students examine theories behind community service as well as specific issues related to the communities where they volunteer. The 50-minute, once-a-week class is taught by a graduate student in the School of Public Health. Weekly recitation sessions are led for each specific experience by the break leaders. This course does fulfill the experiential education (EE) graduation requirement.
ASB only: Can I still apply if I am studying abroad in the fall semester?
If you are studying abroad over the fall semester, but will be at UNC during the spring semester, you are still eligible to apply for an alternative spring break experience. Your interview will be conducted either electronically or by telephone.