AWOL Participant Expectations
Alternative breaks with AWOL may involve more time and commitment than other service trips that you have done in the past.
Participants will take part in 5 one hour-long mandatory pre-trip meetings to learn about the chosen social issue(s) and conduct team building activities. Each participant is also expected to attend an AWOL Alternative Break kickoff event and a reorientation event. And, to help make this opportunity accessible to a wider population, each participant will be expected to contribute to fundraising hours, from which you will receive a fundraising credit based on how much is raised.
During the break, all participants must understand that they are committing to a week of community service that generally includes 30-35 hours of direct service work. Additionally, participants will be engaged in learning opportunities and daily group reflections related to the service experience.
The Application Process
The AWOL program has a competitive application process as there are generally more applicants than spots available. The written application is used to place applicants; the AWOL Board aims to create a diverse mix of participants (academic year, discipline area, experience level, etc.), as well as provide the maximum number of people an opportunity to participate. Successful applicants demonstrate in their application a willingness to learn, to contribute to the group, to be flexible, and to embrace new opportunities. Successful applicants show commitment to the program requirements and values of the organization.
After the application cycle closes, and each application is reviewed, you will be contacted about your status. You will either be placed in a group and asked to accept or decline your spot, or placed on an alternate/wait list. If you choose to decline your spot, you may opt to be added to a wait list of your choice. Alternates will be contacted as spots become available. If you are not placed in one of your top choices, this is not necessarily a reflection of your ability to be a great member of that team, just a consequence of a limited number of spots.
Only complete applications will be considered. Note that there are several short answer questions that ask you to discuss why you are interested in the alternative break program, prior service experience, and future service goals. You may save your application and return to it later.