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All Participants

  • Active participation in all group experiences before and after the trip. This will include educational sessions before the trip and reflection sessions after the trip. The trips take place, typically, the Saturday to Saturday of Thanksgiving, Spring or May Break. Some trips may leave Friday evening if they have a long drive.
  • Active participation in the group experience while on the alternative break trip. This includes group living, working and community building activities.
  • Upholding the alcohol and drug free environment of all alternative break activities.

Student Trip Leaders

  • Attend all leadership training programs.
  • Prepare a budget and keep financial records for the trip.
  • Prepare mileage estimate for trip travel.
  • Select the site location and establish regular contact with the site partner.
  • Turn in all requested trip information by the established deadline.
  • Recruit participants for alternative breaks by providing them accurate information of the purpose and expectations for the trip.
  • Organize at least 4 orientation meetings for your team members before the trip.
  • Develop with the site partner daily schedule of activities during the trip.
  • Facilitate daily reflection sessions while on the trip.
  • Mediate any problems that arise while on the trip.
  • Plan two reorientation meetings after you return.

Learning Partner (Faculty or Staff)

  • Add educational value to the trip by contributing life and professional experience during "teachable moments" of the trip.
  • Being a mature influence to encourage students to make wise decisions.
  • Act as a resource for agency site leaders by providing advice and/or support.
  • Serve as the legal representative of JMU for the trip in case of accident or emergency.
  • Build relationships with student trip leaders and participants while in a non-traditional role.
  • Encourage long-term relationships between the CS-L office and other JMU offices.

Other Information

  • Learning Partners will have trip travel, housing and food expenses covered (may ask departments for assistance). Any sight seeing, or dining out will be covered by the individual.
  • Applications for LPs are located on-line. Once received, the applications will be placed in a binder for trip leaders to review.
  • Learning Partners may initially be contacted by several trip leaders. The goal of initial conversations should be to get to know each other and to find out trip information (destination, issue focus, lodging conditions, etc). Trip leaders should be specific when they are asking a Learning Partner to actually commit to a trip. Once a Learning Partner commits to a specific trip, they will be removed from the list of potential LPs and other groups will not contact them. The decision to commit to a trip should be mutual.