Become a Trip Leader

Alternative Breaks trip leaders are crucial to the success of the Alternative Breaks program. Since there is a great level of responsibility in leading an Alternative Break, two leaders will be assigned picture of 3 students during alternative breaks doing food prep at a partnersiteto each trip and work together to ensure its success. If you are interested in social justice issues and have great leadership capabilities, this is the opportunity for you!

Since two trip leaders are assigned to each of our Intersession Alternative Breaks trip: (HIV and AIDS, Immigrant and Refugee Right, or Urban Education), we are seeking to hire and train six total trip leaders. Read more about each Alternative Breaks trip or continue reading below for how to apply and become a trip leader.

Have questions? View the frequently asked questions below or contact Caroline Ouwerkerk, Assistant Director.

How to Apply

We are excited about your interest in leading an Alternative Breaks program. Unfortunately, we are no longer accepting trip leader applications. However, consider becoming a participant. Don’t miss out! For reference, more information about the student leader position, job qualifications, and important dates are below.

About the Position

The primary duties and responsibilities of an Alternative Breaks trip leader include, but are not limited to:

  • supporting the health and safety of program participants
  • executing many of the logistics for the program
  • serving as a peer course assistant throughout the program
  • enforcing program rules and expectations
  • driving students to service projects, site visits
  • other scheduled programming
  • supporting evening all-program social activities
  • helping with catering arrangements
  • completing post-program paperwork

Trip leaders may also facilitate reflection sessions and other experiential assignments. Leaders and program participants are held to the same expectations for completing assignments, readings, and participating in course activities.

Trip leaders will be trained in risk management, program logistics, group processes, and reflection. They must also:

  • be van-certified or willing to become van-certified
  • be willing to drive a minivan throughout the program
  • attend two pre-program training sessions (one in December and one the second week of Intersession)
  • attend the Intersession Program kick-off

Compensation: Trip leaders will be paid $150 upon completion of all program activities and expectations.

Job Qualifications

All undergraduate students are eligible to serve as trip leaders. Leaders must possess a valid drivers license, be Hopkins van-certified or willing to become van-certified and be willing to drive a minivan throughout the program.

We are looking for mature, responsible student leaders who are committed to supporting the mission of the program and ensuring a positive experience for all participants.

Trip leaders will be responsible for:

  • enforcing program rules and expectations
  • checking in with participants
  • transporting participants to/from program locations
  • administering portions of the program budget and managing incidental expenses incurred in the delivery of the program

Preference will be given to students with previous experience with Center for Social Concern programs.

Become a Trip Leader

Trip leaders are not required to pay a program fee. All activities, lodging, and food for the week are covered.

Application Process and Procedures

The application to become an Intersession Alternative Breaks trip leader is closed.

Important Dates

mid-OctoberIntersession trip leader and program participant applications open
Monday, November 13, 2017Trip leader application due
Wednesday, November 15, 2017Trip leaders notified
Monday, November 20, 2017Trip leaders accept/decline position and submit paperwork
Week of December 4thIntersession program kick-off
Wednesday, December 6, 2017Online course registration for students
Saturday, January 20, 2018Program begins
Friday, January 26, 2018Program ends
Monday, February 5, 2018Instructors and trip leaders: post-program paperwork due to CSC staff

Frequently Asked Questions

Who should apply?

We are looking for mature, responsible student leaders who are committed to supporting the mission of the program and ensuring a positive experience for all participants. All undergraduate students are eligible to serve as trip leaders. Read more about the job qualifications above.

What will we be doing?

Students will meet on campus on the morning of Saturday, Jan. 20 and travel together to an off-site retreat center. There, students from all three Intersession programs will live together for a week. Each day will be different but will generally include instructional time, direct service, a conversation or exploration of a neighborhood with community leaders, and workshops about the concept of civic engagement. In the evenings, all three programs will come together for social outings throughout Baltimore. The program will conclude by noon on Friday, January 26.

Where will we be staying?

We will be staying at an off-campus retreat center in shared rooms. Students should expect simple accommodations and communal bathrooms.

Do I have to go to the program kick-off?

Yes, all trip leaders must attend the program kick-off. It is also expected that all participants attend the program kick-off. At this event, you will meet the participants in your program. The kick-off will take place the week of Dec. 4. Dinner will be provided.

Do leaders have to pay to participate?

No, leaders do not have to pay the $175 participant fee. They will receive a $150 honorarium for serving as a leader.

Do leaders have to do the homework?

Yes, leaders are expected to be active participants in the Intersession courses and will be expected to complete the same assignments as the other students in the program.