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Incoming Freshmen Alternative Break

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Incoming Freshmen Alternative Break

First-Year Students

As a member of the freshman class, you are about to begin an exciting journey both in and out of the classroom at Georgia Southern University. Your SOAR experiences will begin to facilitate your transition into the college experience.

In addition to your orientation experience, we offer students an opportunity to build their leadership skills and begin to form relationships with members of the University community. Take advantage of IFAB (Incoming Freshmen Alternative Break), our pre-semester leadership program, and take the first step in charting your course at Georgia Southern University.

Students who participate in IFAB will experience a 5-day leadership development and service program that connects students to each other, our office, and to service. Students will volunteer each day with a community agency somewhere in the southeast and participate in a leadership education program in the evening.  Participants will have the opportunity to meet other incoming students, and build friendships to provide the critical support network so essential to student success!

IFAB Registration and Payments are available HERE!

IFAB 2019 Dates & Details

IFAB will take place Sunday, June 9 – Thursday, June 13, 2019

  • IFAB begins at 12pm on Sunday
  • IFAB will end by 4pm on Thursday
  • IFAB check-in will be on the Armstrong campus
  • $175 fee includes all equipment, food, transportation, lodging, and leaders.
  • Participants can check-in on Sunday from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Payment is due with registration.


Student check-in for IFAB will take place at the Armstrong campus on Sunday from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  Specific information about check-in will come in a confirmation letter e-mailed to each participant upon registering for IFAB.


The IFAB Registration Fee is $175.  You can register and pay by via eCheck, Visa, Mastercard, American Express or Discover.  Checks can be made out to Leadership & Community Engagement.  Please do not mail cash.

Registration and payments are available here.

Cancellations will be accepted until May 1. After May 1, no refunds will be available.


Participants will be sleeping in facilities provided by the University of North Carolina, Wilmington.

Community Partner:

Participants will be working with WARM: Wilmington Area Rebuilding Ministry in Wilmington, North Carolina.  WARM serves low-income homeowners and helps prevent home accidents by repairing, rebuilding, and making homes accessible.


Important Information & Directions for IFAB Participants

Packing List

Participants will need to complete the following forms to participate in IFAB:

IFAB University Waiver (18+)

IFAB University Waiver (Under 18) 

IFAB Behavior Contract

IFAB Participant Profile

WARM – Parental Consent Form

*The WARM Parental Consent Form will need to be signed and returned to our office through e-mail ( or mailed to the following address:

Leadership & Community Engagement

c/o IFAB

PO Box 8114

Statesboro, GA 30460



The consumption of alcohol, smoking, or use of drugs at any time during IFAB is also strictly prohibited.  

Spending Money:

All meals and activities during the program are prepaid.  If you would like to purchase a drink or snacks, it is recommended to bring a small amount of cash.


During the week we ask that participants initiate any calls only during free time.

If parents and friends need to get in contact with students during the week of IFAB, emergency/important phone calls can be directed to the Office of Leadership and Community Engagement, (912) 478-1435.

Social Outings:

In addition to the hours dedicated to serving in the community, IFAB also emphasizes fostering a community among Georgia Southern students. IFABers will leave the program feeling comfortable with each other, and the university. Participants will bond through team building activities, reflections, and much more!

IFAB Staff:

The IFAB Staff is composed of student leaders and the Leadership & Community Engagement Office staff who coordinate IFAB. Prior to, during, and after the week of IFAB, staff members will be available for any questions you may have. The IFAB Staff includes:

  • Jodi Kennedy, Director
  • John Banter, Associate Director
  • Brandi Hoffman, Coordinator of Alternative Breaks & Community Partnerships
  • Ben Phillips, Coordinator for Leadership & Community Engagement (Armstrong Campus)
  • Lynn Reaves, Senior Administrative Assistant

Last updated: 5/22/2019