Texas Tech University

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How are applicants selected for trips?
    We place applicants on trips based on the quality of the CALUE Service Breaks application, with priority given to students with a record of student leadership and volunteerism. Trips fill quickly once the application goes live on our website, so please submit your application as early as possible.
  • How many people go on the trips?
    There are usually 7-8 student participants, 1-2 faculty/staff advisor(s), and 1 student site leader per trip.
  • Do you fly or drive?
    Some trips will utilize air travel; others trips will be by rental car.
  • How much does it cost to go on an CALUE Service Break trip?
    The typical trip fee for a weeklong domestic CALUE Service break trip is $250-400. International trips are typically longer with a cost of approximately $2,000. Trip fees are based upon hotel/airfare/car rental costs and volunteer fees charged by partner organizations.
  • What does the trip fee include?
    The trip fee includes everything that you will need on your trip, including: transportation, food, and lodging.
  • Where will I stay on a Service Break?
    When determining housing for our groups, safety is our number one priority. Common accommodations for groups include—but are not limited to—campus dorms, retreat centers, and volunteer houses.
  • What is the refund policy for CALUE Service Breaks?
    Both application and registration fees are non-refundable. In the case that CALUE Service Breaks cannot accommodate you on a trip or you are chosen as the trip site leader, the $50 application fee will be refunded.
  • Once I'm placed on a trip, what should I expect?
    After you receive your trip acceptance email, you must confirm spot by submitting your participant registration form and paying the trip fee. Prior to your trip, your trip advisor/site leader will contact you about pre-trip meetings where you'll meet the other participants, discuss the work you'll be doing, and receive information about trip logistics.
  • What kind of volunteer work will I be doing?
    You'll be doing hands-on direct service work within a community. Some of the issues we focus on are community development, disaster recovery, education, hunger, and environmentalism. Check out the winter and spring break pages of our website for a full list of the trips we'll be taking and the social issues we'll be addressing.
  • Who do I contact with any more questions?
    Please contact the Center for Active Learning and Undergraduate Engagement at calue@ttu.edu or 806-742-1095 for more information.
  • Once I return to campus, how can I get more involved with Service Breaks the following year?
    We encourage you to participate in any and all future CALUE Service Breaks. You can also apply to be a site leader for future CALUE Service Breaks. You can also join Raiders for Service. Raiders For Service (RFS) is an official TTU student organization which provides students the opportunity to gain a wider perspective of the world through direct service to people and communities.