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All Participants

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

Student Break Leaders

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

Learning Partner (Faculty or Staff)

  • Add educational value to the break by contributing life and professional experience during "teachable moments" of the break.
  • 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 break in case of accident or emergency.
  • Build relationships with student break 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 break 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 break leaders to review.
  • Learning Partners may initially be contacted by several break leaders. The goal of initial conversations should be to get to know each other and to find out break information (destination, issue focus, lodging conditions, etc). Break 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 break, they will be removed from the list of potential LPs and other groups will not contact them. The decision to commit to a break should be mutual.

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