Alternative Break FAQs

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How many students are selected for each AFB, AWB, or ASB experience?
Each break has two student leaders and 10 participants.

How much does each alternative break cost?
AFB: $50
AWB: $75
ASB: $90

Fees are non-refundable. Need-based financial assistance may be available upon request.

Who are the student leaders of each break? 
APPLES selects two students for each break based on their experience with alternative breaks, as well as leadership qualities.

Do we drive our personal vehicles on an alternative break?
No. APPLES secures University vans for each break.

Do I receive academic credit for an alternative break? 
Only participants of an APPLES alternative spring break receive academic credit for their experience.

What are the requirements for participation in an APPLES alternative break? 

Alternative fall and winter breaks:
Prior to the break, participants attend pre-experience meetings 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.

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 relative 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 lead for each specific experience, by their break leaders. This course does fulfill the experiential education (EE) graduation requirement.

What if I have already participated in AFB or AWB? 
Due to high demand and limited availability, past participants of any APPLES alternative break program are not eligible to apply.

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.