From working with the Cherokee Nation in North Carolina to engaging in environmental preservation projects in Oregon, University of Tampa students have spent their vacations in service to others. The Alternative Breaks Program is a branch of the PEACE Volunteer Center at The University of Tampa, which is committed to immersing students in a variety of cultures and social issues. The Alternative Breaks Program arranges a total of eight domestic and international service opportunities for University of Tampa students, faculty and staff.
Students have headed to Key West to work with the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, kayaking along remote shorelines cleaning up litter and debris. They've traveled to Franklin, TN, to the Kindred Spirits Therapeutic Riding Center, a nonprofit organization that helps special needs, terminally ill and battered children through horse interaction, spending the week helping with farm maintenance and assisting equestrian therapy leaders.
All of the PEACE Alternative Break Programs emphasize the eight components of a quality break experience: strong direct service, orientation, education, training, reflection, reorientation, diversity and are alcohol and drug free.
Who We Work With
Alternative Breaks focus on diverse social and cultural issues, providing students with the opportunity to discover their passions in service.
In the past, we have worked with agencies focused on: hunger and homelessness, persons with disabilities, children, disaster relief, animal rights, environmental preservation and education.
It is the mission of the PEACE Alternative Breaks Program to increase volunteerism and the individual's value of service as they work towards becoming active citizens. The program provides an opportunity for direct service combined with participant education and reflection.
Past Alternative breaks
- Camp Restore: Disaster Relief in New Orleans, LA
- Child Development: HIV/AIDS in Tanzania
- Florida Keys Wild Bird Sanctuary: Animal Rights in Tavernier, FL
- Horses and the Handicapped: Empowering Individuals with Disabilities in Coconut Creek, FL
- Native American and Alaskan Native Rights in Anchorage, AK
- The Family Tree: Child Abuse, Domestic Violence, and Homelessness in Denver, CO
- The Medici Project: Human Trafficking in Atlanta, GA
- Eco Volunteer UP: Community Development and Environmental Preservation in the Amazon Rainforest, Ecuador
Applications are available in the fall and spring semester and all are available on the PEACE Volunteer Center's OrgSync portal. Qualified applicants must be in good judicial standing and academic standing and be a full-time, undergraduate student.
Alternative Breaks Directors
Jenna Del Vescio
PEACE Volunteer Center
Vaughn Center, Room 206
Phone: (813) 253-6263