Alternative Fall Break (AFB) typically lasts four days while the university is closed during October. The learning begins before the trip, as participants attend sessions and meetings designed to prepare them for the challenges and issues they will confront. Through alternative breaks, students have opportunities for hands-on work while learning about the bigger issues behind the issues they are addressing.
During the those four days, students apply what they are learning about the focus issues and communities at different sites through direct and indirect service as well as advocacy work. An emphasis is placed on trip reflection throughout the trip and following the students’ return.
APPLES sponsors six AFB experiences:
Urban Poverty: Participants learn about poverty and homelessness in a larger urban area. Issues explored in previous trips include hunger and food access, addiction and health.
Latino Issues: Students explore issues affecting migrant workers and Latino communities in North Carolina including labor rights, pesticide use and access to healthcare.
Rural Empowerment: Students work with local organizations to gain a better understanding of issues affecting a rural community in poverty in North Carolina.
Environmental Justice: An experience that changes based on the needs of the community, participants have an opportunity to explore a number of environmental issues. Past topics include sea turtle conservancy, hog farming and river pollution.
Poverty and Homelessness: In partnership with HOPE, students work with nonprofits of a homeless tent community and discuss issues of policy, health and culture.
Service-Learning Initiative: Available to students who have previous participated in APPLES SLI, this alternative break experience explore a variety of issues facing the Appalachian communities of North Carolina and Tennessee.
When applying, students may indicate a preference for Latino Issues, Urban Poverty, Environmental Justice, HOPE or Rural Empowerment.
2013 Alternative Fall Break Timeline
August 20: Participant application opens
September 16: Participant application closes
September 21: Applicants notified about selection for interview
September 23-27: Applicant interviews
September 30: Notification of final selection
October 16-20: Fall break
Alternative Fall Break applications are now closed.
Break leader applications will be available in spring 2014.