2018 CU Alternative Breaks: Site Leader Application
Please read the following information about the program before you begin your application and consider all of the time-intensive requirements this leadership position asks of you. If you have questions, please email our office at altbreak@colorado.edu. We are happy to answer any questions you might have about the program.

****E-mail a resume and cover letter detailing why you feel you're qualified to be a site leader in PDF form to altbreak@colorado.edu, your application will not be considered complete with out a resume and cover letter. We also require an interview following your application.****

About CU Alternative Breaks
CU Alternative Breaks is the University of Colorado Boulder’s alternative break program and is housed in the Volunteer Resource Center. Each year, students “give up” their spring break in favor of serving with communities around the country and world. This program is a part of a global movement of students that share a vision for creating a society of active citizens. Students take time to learn and serve during their academic breaks.

The CU Alternative Breaks program offers opportunities for students to engage in diverse communities through education and service, providing a quality community-based learning opportunity. CU Alternative Break's vision is to: "create a society of active citizens: people who value the community as a priority when making life decisions.” Each CU Alternative Break team consists of up to 10 student participants, 2 student Site Leaders, and 1 possible faculty/staff learning partner. During the trips students participate in community service, educational opportunities, daily reflections, leadership development, evening debriefs, and topical discussions; a curriculum that promotes self-awareness, global citizenship and leadership through civic engagement. Each team will engage in pre-trip education, preparation, fundraising, and post-trip reflection to ensure a successful and meaningful trip.

Site Leaders are student leaders at the core of the CU Alternative Breaks program. Site Leaders work together in pairs to facilitate participants through the group process, create safe spaces for learning and reflection, encourage and foster full participation, and implement the philosophies of the Volunteer Resource Center and Alternative Breaks program.

The qualifications to be a Site Leader are as follows:
•A cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher
•Must email your resume to altbreak@colorado.edu in PDF form.
•Current good standing status as an enrolled undergraduate or graduate student at CU Boulder
•Knowledge, passion and commitment for social issues and social change
•Demonstrated leadership on the CU Boulder campus or in local community
•Self-motivated and organized, including the ability to meet deadlines
•Ability to lead a group of peers by creating an energized, comfortable, safe, and inclusive environment

Site Leaders have many responsibilities beyond their peers as trip participants. The Site Leader role is a seven-month commitment from September 2017 through April 2018. Site Leaders can expect to spend 4-6 hours per week planning and organizing trip logistics.

CU Alternative Breaks Site Leaders will:

•Commit to the mission of CU Alternative Break program and the Volunteer Resource Center and uphold our mission, values, goals
•Participate in Site Leader meetings with the CU Alternative Break Coordinator (weekly meetings)
•Participate in Trip Leadership meetings with co-Site Leader, Faculty/Staff Partner, and CU Alternative Breaks Coordinator
•Participate in recruitment and selection of trip participants
•Engage, plan, and facilitate 4 trip group meetings for CU Alternative Break participants (in the Spring)
•Participate in pre-trip community service, related to specific trip issue
•Commit to alcohol and drug free policy of CU Alternative Breaks
•Site Leaders will also be held to the Alternative Breaks Code of Conduct, Financial Agreement and detailed site leader duties
•Be able to take training and become a driver for your trip. (2, 4-hour training's are required).
For more information about the site leader role, visit our website at: www.colorado.edu/volunteer/ab/site-leader

Required Attendance:
Site Leaders are required to attend all events below. Meetings within a designated week will be scheduled in accordance with student/staff availability. All dates and times may be subject to change.


•Weekend Site Leader Retreat (Friday evening and all-day Saturday, September 22nd and 23rd)
•Weekly Site Leader Training (2 hours/ week. Wednesdays from 4-6 pm. You must not have an overlapping class or work schedule. Class will start on Sept. 20th).
•Meetings beginning in September 2017 – April 2018.
•Pre-Service with trip participants (TBD)
•Re-Orientation (April 2018 - usually one week after you return from your trip).
•Fundraising events (TBD)

Because of the amount of time site leaders spend training to lead the trips, there is no fee.
Trip Information:
In 2017-2018, site leaders will develop a service trip around social and environmental issues that they are most passionate about. After co-site leader selection, you will be given the option to develop your own trip if you apply before August 2017. The CU Alternative Breaks program does have some long standing trips and partnerships which may be repeated next year due to site leader interest.
Trip Topics:
You and your co-site leader would work with a specific topic on your trip. This should be an area that you would be passionate about researching, leading a trip on and should revolve around social justice. If you're not sure, you can look at past trip topics on our website (http://www.colorado.edu/volunteer/alternative-breaks/trip-information).
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