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Participant Applications

How to apply:

Step 1: Review the list of social issues and trip locations for the academic break during which you wish to participate in an AB trip.

Step 2: Complete the online application for participation and rank your trip choices. Participants are considered in a first come, first served basis.

Step 3: Check your email for the automatic application confirmation from us.

Step 4: The AB team will follow up with you after the application deadline to confirm your trip placement status. If you wish to accept your trip placement, follow the instructions on the email to submit your trip payment. Complete all the attached required forms and submit to the Community Engagement & Leadership Center to complete your application. Completed forms and payment will confirm your position on the trip team.

Step 5: Your trip leaders will follow up with you about pre-trip meetings, during which you'll learn more about the social issues and travel details of your trip, as well as meet the other trip participants and your trip advisor.

Step 6: Get excited and have a great time on your trip!


Fall Trip registration opens on Friday, September 6 at 7 am
(Trip options will be made available on the application at that time.)



Financial Aid Information:

Alternative Breaks is proud to offer affordable trip opportunities through the generous support of SMU Student Senate, SMU Student Affairs and donors. We also hope that every student has the opportunity to participate in an AB trip, regardless of financial ability. If you need assistance paying for your trip, financial aid may be available through donors and/or fundraising opportunities. Please speak to the Alternative Breaks team for more information.

If you have any questions, please visit the Contact Us page.