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AB Leadership Roles

Site Leaders

Site Leaders are one of the most crucial pieces of the Alternative Break (AB) program. As a student-led program, AB takes pride in our Site Leaders (SL) and the rich experience they bring to this para- professional role of the program.

Our Site Leaders are out of this world!

All students that have participated on a break experience (weekend or week-long) during a previous semester are eligible to apply for the Site Leader position. SLs take an active role in educating and leading peers through a service experience focused on a social issue they are passionate about.

Site Leaders are held to a high standard and adhere to the expectations of the AB program as a whole. These expectations include:

  • Cooperation with Coordinator of Alternative Breaks and Community Partnerships, co-site leader, and other site leaders.
  • Remain flexible, open-minded, and responsible.
  • Educating yourself and your participants about the issue relative to your site.
  • Build and maintain a positive relationship with designated site and selected AB participants on your break.
  • Commitment to the Alternative Break “no drugs or alcohol” policy

 

To learn more about the position contact any of our Alternative Break Board members.

 


Resident Scholars

Resident Scholars are faculty, staff and Graduate Students of Georgia Southern University. This role allows for rich and meaningful interactions with students outside of the office, classroom or events on campus. Resident Scholars live and work with the students in a hands-on, service-focused environment.

Benefits to Resident Scholars

  • Mentorship experience
  • Meet, network, and connect with other Georgia Southern University staff and faculty interested in student development
  • Professional development opportunity and resume builder
  • Recruiting tool for your program/center/college
  • Free travel with students to a volunteer site outside of Southeast Georgia
  • Hands-on learning and volunteer experience around complex social issues

Time Commitment:

Weekend Breaks: ~2 weeks

  • Attend Resident Scholar Training (1 1/2 hour)
  • Attend team pre-break meeting (1hr meeting)
  • Meet with student Site Leader during pre-break meeting period. (1 hr required)
  • One on one’s with Alternative Breaks staff as necessary during prep time and post-break experience.
  • Attendance on the break in its entirety.

Week-Long Break: ~2 months

  • Attend Resident Scholar Training (1 1/2 hour)
  • Attend AB Site Reveal and Site Review events (1 1/2 hour events each)
  • Attend one team pre-break meeting (Weekly 1hr meetings)
    • Attendance is highly encouraged for all 4 weeks of team meetings
  • Meet with student Site Leaders during pre-break meeting period. (1 hr required)
    • Bi-weekly meetings encouraged
  • One on one’s with Alternative Breaks staff as necessary during prep time and post-break experience.
  • Attendance on the break in its entirety.

How to Apply

All those interested in the role of Resident Scholar are welcome to submit their application to Brandi Hoffman (via email or inter-office mail) by the stated application deadline for each break cycle listed below. Resident Scholar applicants will be notified of their placement for the AB program within a week of the application deadline.

Please Note: The break locations and organizations we work with are not posted on our website intentionally. They are kept secret and revealed to student participants at our Site Reveal event for each week-long break cycle of the year.

Link to Resident Scholar Application

Fall Weekend Break – Application due September 3rd                                     

Winter Breaks – Application due September 17th

Spring Weekend Break – Application due November 12th

Spring Breaks – Application due October 22nd

May Breaks – Application due October 22nd

 

Want to Learn More Before Applying?

For more information prior to submitting your application, check out the Resident Scholar FAQ’s page. For more detailed information such as: break cycle social issues, locations, accommodations, organizations we will be working with, etc., please fill out the Resident Scholar Interest Form or plan to attend an Information Session to learn more!

Information Sessions (All information sessions will be held in Russell Union 2044)

  • Monday, August 27th @ 9-10am
  • Wednesday, August 29th @ 1-2pm
  • Tuesday, September 4th @ 11-12pm
  • Thursday, September 6th @ 1-2pm * this information session will be held in Russell Union 2080
  • Monday, October 8th @1-2pm
  • Thursday, October 11th @ 10:30-11:30am

Guidance on Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)

Considering FLSA regulations, we ask that Resident Scholars address the need for conversation with their supervisors to decide specifics that will work best for their office and work schedule.
  • Week- long Breaks: Travel days are Sundays & Fridays and travel hours vary depending on the location of the break. Monday-Thursday are full days of service.
  • Weekend Breaks: Breaks travel on Friday @5:30pm. Saturday is a full day of service and Sunday morning service typically takes place until ~12:00pm. Weekend Breaks return on Sunday @3:30pm.
  • The typical structure is a full 8 hours of work on service days.
You can click the link above to see a sample service schedule of a Spring Break in March 2017. Specific questions can be addressed with the Alternative Breaks Coordinator,  Brandi Hoffman (brandihoffman@georgiasouthern.edu).

 

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If you have any questions, please contact Brandi Hoffman at brandihoffman@georgiasouthern.edu or by dialing 912-478-1435.

Last updated: 8/6/2018