Florida State Alternative Breaks

Who We Are

Florida State Alternative Breaks is a program comprised of students who resist the idea of the expected, “normal,” or status quo by building authentic relationships with community leaders, supporting community-identified service initiatives, and challenging impersonal systems of competition and division anywhere they are found. FSAB has a mission to create change and a vision to do so through Active Citizen Leadership.

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Students cleaning up a garden.
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Since 1995, Florida State Alternative Breaks has been empowering service-minded and community-oriented students to lead short-term service experiences in communities across the southeast United States. Each year FSAB sponsors 4-8 week-long service experiences, as well as regularly occurring weekend experiences.

FSAB is guided by a programming team of four student coordinators, each supporting a specific planning area: Service, Hospitality, Media, and Finance. Applications for the Programming Team open in early March – and new team Members are announced at the Annual April Banquet.


Upcoming Trips

Spring Break: Environment & Permaculture

Come join Florida State University in a Florida State Alternative Breaks Program partnership with Woodland Harvest Mountain Farm. Travel out of state with FSAB facilitators to engage in sustainable service, permacultural farming, sustainable living, renewable energy, and regenerative land management. As pollution and human action have contributed to Earth's environmental decline, learning ways to live more sustainably can help each individual combat climate change. With the opportunity to live on an off-grid farm over spring break, creative and varied work will be offered so students can better connect with each other, service, and the environment. Housing and food will be provided; the program will transport students to and from campus. If you have an interest in environmental service, sustainable living, community building, and want the opportunity to do recognized service through FSU, this experience is for you! Stop by the Center for Leadership & Social Change to ask for more information.

Member Application

Like facilitator applications, FSAB member applications are open year-round. Everyone is welcomed to apply to FSAB. While most non-alternative break FSAB opportunities are open to everyone, FSAB-sponsored alternative breaks are only available to FSAB members. FSAB members are selected for specific alternative breaks based on their expressed interest. Alternative break opportunities are advertised within FSAB two months prior to the alternative break. There are no expectations or requirements of being a member of FSAB, and membership lasts through graduation, or until you choose to end it. If you think you might be interested in an alternative break, you are encouraged to apply!



Facilitator Application

Beginning in the fall of 2021, students will be able to learn how to facilitate within Florida State Alternative Breaks in two ways:

  • By enrolling in IDS1107 – Exploring Service Leadership. This zero-credit Engage100 course is designed for first-year students but is open to all Florida State undergraduates. A spring section of IDS1107 – Exploring Service Leadership is planned. Course participants will be assigned a mentor from previous FSAB/SLS facilitators and will later have the opportunity to mentor future course participants.
  • By completing the asynchronous, video-based Facilitator Development program. A non-course facilitator development program is available to all FSAB members within the Service Leadership programs canvas page. The program is designed to be completed in approximately 10 hours.

Upon successful completion of IDS1107-Exploring Service Leadership or the non-course facilitator development program, students will be qualified to apply to serve as facilitators for FSAB, the Service Leadership Seminar, and/or EngageTLH throughout their time at Florida State.

Facilitator applications (along with alternative break proposals) are open year-round and are due three months prior to the proposed alternative break departure date (ex: due December 14 for a proposed March 14 departure). IDS1107-Exploring Service Leadership or the non-course facilitator development program must be successfully completed prior to submitting a facilitator application.

Programming Team Application

The FSAB Programming Team recruits and selects facilitators, helps organize programming efforts, and seeks to create a community for FSAB members. There are four student coordinator positions within the Programming Team:

  1. Finance Coordinator
  2. Service Coordinator
  3. Hospitality Coordinator
  4. Media Coordinator

The 2022-2023 FSAB Programming Team application is currently open. Visit the application to learn more about position requirements. Apply by May 2.



Service Leadership Canvas Page

Unsure if you want to become an FSAB member, facilitator, or coordinator, but don’t want to miss out on future opportunities? Join the Service Leadership Canvas page and turn on email notifications. Regular opportunities are shared via ‘Announcements’ and applications are linked. You can also complete the Facilitator Development program at your own pace. To join the page, click the link below and select, “Enroll in this course.”



Connect with us

FSAB is discontinuing its Instagram and Facebook like-page. FSAB content will now be included in the Center for Leadership & Social Change's social media accounts.

Want more information before applying? Contact David Schieler, Florida State Alternative Breaks program coordinator, at dschieler@fsu.edu.You may also reach out to FSAB graduate assistant Olivia Brown at obrown2@fsu.edu. The Programming Team is available at fsualtbreaks@gmail.com.

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