UT students will volunteer in five communities during next week’s spring break. This semester’s Alternative Break trips will round out the 188th trip in the program’s history. Seventy-seven students and staff members will depart campus Sunday, March 12, and return Saturday, March 18. The program is coordinated through UT’s Center for Leadership and Service. Student
Alternative Spring Break News
Seventy students, along with a handful of faculty and staff members, will spend their spring break engaged in collaborative community service with organizations in five communities across the Southeastern U.S.
Ninety-eight students will spend their fall break helping the impoverished, feeding the hungry, and assisting people with disabilities. Alternative Fall Break trips, coordinated through the Center for Leadership and Service, help fulfill the center’s mission to educate and engage all students to lead and serve in the global community.
Clinical Assistant Professor Lynn Blackburn will lead eighteen students and two faculty members from the College of Nursing to Alajuela, Costa Rica, for the college’s annual international health care trip. The group departs March 13.
Fifty-one students from the University of Tennessee College of Law will work on 12 volunteer projects during this year’s spring break, providing pro bono legal services to the community in Knoxville and other nearby cities.
A group of UT students and faculty will spend spring break building a kiosk to bring clean water to one Appalachian community. From March 16 to 20, the UT team will join community volunteers to erect the building at Red Bird Mission in Clay County, Kentucky.
Seventy UT students will put their Volunteer spirit to work next week helping the disabled, youth, and senior citizens in five communities during UT’s Alternative Break program.
More than 200 UT students arrive back on campus today having spent their spring breaks in the service of others. From New York to Costa Rica, Vols were volunteering on a range of projects from sustainable farming to tropical medicine. Check out some of the photos and Tweets our students shared from the work they did, and some of the fun they had along the way.
A team of students is heading to Trelawney, Jamaica, for the first international Alternative Spring Break trip in seven years. Since 1993, UT’s Alternative Break program has offered students the opportunity to spend their fall and spring breaks engaged in community service projects meant to increase their awareness of social issues and strengthen the communities served.
It’s been twenty years since Volunteers began serving others during spring break. A team of students and supervisors is heading back to Miami this weekend—where it all began—as well as to Tallahassee, Florida, and Washington, DC, to continue the twenty-year tradition of Tennessee Volunteers volunteering during their spring break. Students from the colleges of law and nursing, and from the campus’s Habitat for Humanity chapter area also getting involved.