What trips are being offered this year?
Our trips change year to year! Visit the trips page to learn about the current ABP trips.
How long are the trips?
We offer weekend trips, as well as week long trips. MLK Weekend trips will be over a long holiday weekend. The trips leave on a Friday and return on a Monday, totaling 4 days 3 nights.
Winter and Spring trips are one week long, totaling 7 days and 6 nights. For more information, check the calendar link.
How much does it cost to join an ABP team?
This cost of the trips can be found on the trips page. The costs of the trips vary, depending on the nature and travel expectations. The trip fee covers your transportation, lodging, and most food expenses. Costs for any entertainment, souvenirs, etc., are not covered by the ABP trip fee. Also note, trip fees are non-refundable.
How can I apply?
Check the important dates link to see application deadlines. No applications will be accepted after the deadline.To access the online applications, please follow these steps:
1. Go to KnightConnect or copy and paste https://ucf.collegiatelink.net/ into your web browser
2. Click the “Log on” button in the upper right hand corner
3. Log in using your PID and myUCF password
4. Click on “organizations”, scroll to the last page, and click on “Volunteer UCF Alternative Break Program”
5. You should now be on the VUCF page. Click “Forms” on the top navigation.
6. Here, you can access the Participant Interest Form.
Are there any requirements for applying?
You must be enrolled in at least six (6) credit hours in both Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 semesters.You must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 for undergraduates, or 3.0 for graduates.You may not be on probation for academic or disciplinary reasons.You must be free of financial or disciplinary holds on University records.You must be a UCF student.
What is considered when selecting applicants for trips?
This year, we are selecting participants through a random process. In order to be considered, you must first complete the interest form through KnightConnect (per the instructions above). This allows us to screen potential participants based on our GPA requirements and whether you can apply for trips partnered with other organizations, such as LEAD Scholars or the Burnett Honors College.
After you complete your interest form, you can attend Lottery Knight for the trips. The lottery for all trip seasons will take place on September 25. You will be assigned a random number and participants will be chosen using a lottery system to ensure every student has a chance to be a part of the Alternative Break Program!
When your number is called, you will be able to select a spot on an open trip or an alternate spot on a closed trip (which already has a full roster of students). As an alternate, you will be able to go on the trip if one of the participants has to drop out of the trip.
Can I be placed on the same trip with my friend(s)?
Each applicant is randomly selected, so there is no guarantee that you will be on the same ABP trip as your friend.
I was selected for a trip but I want to switch to another, is this possible?
Changing trips is not permitted once an applicant has been selected. Please carefully pick your trip when signing up at Lottery Knight. You can learn more about our trips here.
I was selected for a trip but can no longer participate in ABP, what should I do?
Please send an email to the ABP Director immediately stating that you can no longer attend your trip. If you plan on applying for ABP again in the future, please include the reason why you cannot attend the trip.
How can I make a payment for my trip?
Once selected, you are required to pay the full nonrefundable trip deposit. You can do this in two ways: online via credit card or with exact cash, check or money order. Your Coordinator will provide the instructions to pay online.
To pay with exact cash, check, or money order, go to Ted Greenberg, who is located in the back (near Volunteer UCF) of the Office of Student Involvement (SU room 208) between the hours of 8:00AM and 4:00PM. From this point until the total amount is due you will be able to fundraise the remaining amount with your team. If the total amount is not fundraised, then you must pay the difference. Failure to pay the full amount by the deadline will result in immediate removal from the trip without a refund of the nonrefundable deposit. If you are having problems with the payment deadline, contact the ABP Director at email@example.com as soon as possible.
What are participants responsible to do?
Prior to the trip, participants must meet with their group for several events. These meetings will better prepare the team and strengthen team cohesion. Before Fall, Winter, and MLK trips, participants are required to participate in one social, one volunteer event, and one educational event. Before Spring and International trips, participants are required to participate in two socials, two volunteer events, and one educational event.
In addition to those events, all trips have a predeparture and reorientation meetings. The predeparture meeting will help to answer any final questions or concerns. The reorientation meeting will occur about two weeks after returning from the trips. This meeting will allow teams to discuss the trip and see how each individual is continuing to work towards helping in the social issue that the team focused on while volunteering during their ABP Trip.
All teams will also attend Gauntlet. Gauntlet is our program’s field day. The different teams will work as a group to complete various tasks and games, while competing against the other ABP trip teams. Lastly, each team will attend our end of the year Reunion. The Reunion is an event where all the trips come together to share their experiences with all the other ABP teams. This is a great way to tie the year up, reflect on what we accomplished, and see how we can continue to make a difference in the future.
Why is there a non-refundable deposit?
There is a non-refundable deposit to hold your spot on the trip. This shows that you are interested in the trip and intend to go. Each participant will (with their group) raise the rest of the money required to go on the trip.
For the Spring and Winter trips, each participant will pay a non-refundable amount of $50. Each participant has the option to fundraise the remaining $150. The total for these trips is $200 per participant. If the remaining $150 is not fundraised, you must pay the difference left that was not fundraised.
For the Fall trip, there is no deposit. The trip is a total of $70. Each participant has the option to fundraise the cost. If the total cost is not fundraising, you must pay the difference that was not fundraised.
For the MLK trips, each participant will pay a non-refundable amount of $50. Each participant has the option to fundraise the remaining $50. The total for these trips is $100 per participant. If the remaining $50 is not fundraised, you must pay the difference left that was not fundraised.
The cost of the International trip depends on the annual budget and varies from year to year. You can check under the list of trips or the calendar.
If I have already paid for a trip, can I get my money back?
Unfortunately, once you have paid you can no longer get your money back due to the paperwork and process it goes through. The accountant has already used the money to pay for the trip.