Every Alternative Break trip throughout the year has a faculty/staff advisor participate on the trip. Trip Advisors bring a very important dynamic and role to every AB trip. The following are some of the roles of the AB Trip Advisors.
As outlined in the AB Constitution, the Faculty/Staff Trip Advisors:
- are responsible for adding their valuable experience to the trip and its participants
- are not meant to micromanage the trip, but provide leadership in the event of a crisis and help ensure all students are abiding by agreed upon student contracts and SMU student policy
- are expected, although not required, to participate in pre and post trip activities as much as possible
- will attend their trip for no charge (with the exception of incidentals and snacks/food en route to and from trip location)
Expectations of the Trip Advisor are to:
- Participate in all trip service, reflection, and fun activities
- Be accessible to trip leaders to provide mentorship and facilitate leadership development
- Communicate and collaborate effectively with trip leaders
- Communicate and collaborate effectively with community organization representatives
- Be prepared to facilitate conflict resolution strategies
- Be prepared to help participants process issues encountered during the trip
- Be prepared to help trip leaders manage stress, logistics, conflict, exhaustion, and crisis
- Be prepared to share your thoughts and experiences with participants
- Complete appropriate follow-up activities, evaluations, and program documentation with participants
- Uphold the mission, values, and policies of the Alternative Breaks program and SMU
- Must be willing to be certified through SMU to drive a 15-passenger van
- Assist the students in the event of an emergency
Trip Advisor FAQ's
- How much does it cost an advisor for an AB trip? Trip Advisors attend the AB trip at no charge to themselves, with the exception of incidentals and food purchased en route to and from the trip location.
- Can my partner and/or children attend with me? This can be determined on a case-by-case basis, depending on space available on the trip, and at the expense of the trip advisor.
- Will I share a room with students? In most cases yes as AB trips travel very economically. Most trip accommodations are made through hostels and churches with shared room accommodations. Exact accommodations vary by trip.
If you are an SMU faculty or staff member, we invite you to apply to attend an Alternative Break trip as an advisor. To apply, please complete the Advisor Application. Applications can be submitted via e-mail to Bailey Guthrie (firstname.lastname@example.org), via fax to 214-768-4292, or in person to the Community Engagement & Leadership Center in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center, Suite 200.
More Information about Trip Advising
If you are an SMU Faculty or Staff member interested in attending an Alternative Break trip as advisor, please contact Bailey Guthrie for more information or to get a copy of the Trip Advisor Manual.