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Florida Alternative Breaks

Florida Alternative Breaks is a University of Florida program that sends out service-learning trips based on specific social issues during weekends and academic breaks. Florida Alternative Breaks’ vision is to develop a community of life-long active citizens who are committed to positive, sustainable change.  We currently have 6 different trip experiences that students can sign-up for at

Weekend Trips

November Weekend Trip – Veterans Affairs (November 11-12)

The Malcom Randall VA Medical Center (VAMC) is one of two VAMCs in the North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System. The Malcom Randall VAMC provides a full range of comprehensive health care, including: primary care, specialty care, tertiary care, and long term care.  The group will be doing service with the grounds beautification team from 9 am – 5 pm on both November 11& 12.  This is a free Florida Alternative Break experience.

Community Development January Weekend Trip – January 13 & 14

The Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department’s vision is to be seen as the keepers and hosts of the places where nature, recreation and culture meet, offering memorable experiences for all. With the mission to provide and maintain the natural, recreational and cultural facilities and programs that make Gainesville a great place to live, work and visit; and that help sustain the City economically, socially and environmentally. Our goal is to make each experience in our parks and facilities as enjoyable as possible so that visitors will come back again and again.  The times of service will be from 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm on January 13 & 14.  This is a free Florida Alternative Break experience.

State Park Weekend Trip – January 13 from 10 am – 1 pm

The crystalline Ichetucknee River flows six miles through shaded hammocks and wetlands before it joins the Santa Fe River. In 1972, the head spring of the river was declared a National Natural Landmark by the U. S. Department of the Interior.  The group will be removing aquatic invasive plants to help improve the overall health of the natural resource.  This is a free Florida Alternative Break experience.   

Winter Break

Health and Rehab – December 16-20

Florida Alternative Breaks will be working with A.G. Rhodes Health Care Center in Atlanta, Georgia.  A.G. Rhodes Health & Rehab provides expert and compassionate rehabilitation therapy and residential care to seniors in metro Atlanta. Resident’s physical, social and psychological well-being is their chief concern. Volunteer activities include but not limited to resident visitations, activities (BINGO, art, games), and music therapy class support.  The FAB Winter Break experience is $169.  Students can sign-up to register for the trip spot at this link:  The deadline to register is Thursday, November 9.   The cost of the trip is $169.

MLK Trips

Environmental Preservation – January 12-15

The Environmental Preservation trip will be working with the Florida Trail Association along the St. Marks Trail.  The Florida Trail contains many gaps, and is not permanently protected from urban encroachment, loss of access, and illegal use. Participants will conduct trail maintenance on part of the trail. Basic trail maintenance using hand tools provided by the Florida Trail Association.  The cost of the trip is $108.

Farmworkers Rights – January 12- 15 

The Farmworkers’ Rights trip will be working with the Farmworker’s Association in Pierson, FL.  FWAF’s long-standing mission is to build power among farmworker and rural low-income communities to respond to and gain control over the social, political, workplace, economic, health, and environmental justice issues that impact their lives.  FWAF’s guiding vision is a social environment where farmworkers’ contribution, dignity, and worth is acknowledged, appreciated, and respected through economic, social, and environmental justice. This vision includes farmworkers being treated as equals, and not exploited and discriminated against based on race, ethnicity, immigrant status, or socioeconomic status.  The cost of the trip is $108. 

If you have any questions about the Florida Alternative Break trips or want more information, feel free to email me at or call 352-294-3558. 


Posted: November 6, 2017
Category: Student News