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This program started in 1994 through the student organization VOICES (Volunteer Organization Involving Community, Education and Service) in 1994 with 20 students embarking to Reynosa, Mexico.

The objective of the UTSA Alternative Break Program is to empower and challenge students to understand their relationship within the global community through education, reflection, and direct service while on weeklong service trips over a break.

Past Alternative Break experiences have focused on environmental restoration, immigration, hunger, homelessness, and working with children. Locations have included Biloxi, MS, Austin, TX, Teller County, CO, Atlanta, GA, San Juan Tx, Grand Canyon National Park and Puerto Rico.

The 2019-2020 Alternative Break Trips are currently being planned and will be updated this summer.

This Year's Trips

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Alternative Spring Break Experience Testimonials



Alternative Break Trip Leaders

Trip leaders group

Trip Leader Responsibilities

Alternative Break Trip Leader Interest Form

Trip leader applicant eligibility: Must be in good academic, financial, and disciplinary standing with the university, and be willing to submit a background check upon selection.

What will I do as a trip leader?
As a trip leader you will help in all aspects of preparation for the trips and play a key role in the team building and reflection sessions during travel. In return, your trip fee will be waived as compensation for your dedicated work. Some of your responsibilities will be to:

  • Assist the Program Manager and trip advisor plan details of the trip
  • Attend weekly meetings and all training sessions
  • Recruit participants
  • Co-facilitates pre-trip meetings
  • Lead group reflections
  • Coordinate social activities and meals