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University of Florida

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Florida Alternative Breaks
Dr. Mary Kay Schneider and Kristy Chase began to plan the first UF Florida Alternative Breaks (FAB) trip in the fall of 1992 under the Gators Involved in Volunteer Endeavors (GIVE) student organization. A group of 21 alternative breakers took their first trip during the 1993 spring break to help reconstruct homes in Miami after Hurricane Andrew and then camped out on the Fiesta Key for two nights.

The following year FAB went on two trips, and then in 1995 the number of trips grew to three.

“I think I found a greater sense of worth. This week gives me something to think about when I may feel that life is not worth the trouble. I have seen the real world, and I have it great,” wrote RM, on the 1995 reflection guide for the Washington D.C. trip on poverty.

Over the years FAB has grown tremendously. Today the organization has about 13 executive board members and 38 site leaders who coordinate about nine weekend trips, four spring and three winter break trips in a school year. During these trips the organization addresses issues such as migrant rights, HIV/AIDS and sexual education, environmental preservation, children’s healthcare, civil rights and many more.
Gainesville, FL 32611