Texas Tech University

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How are applicants selected for trips?
    • CALUE Service Breaks applications are FIRST COME FIRST SERVE! 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 7-12 participants, including a staff/faculty advisor and 1 site leader.
  • 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 $200-700. 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.
  • Do students pay for the entire trip cost?
    • NO! CALUE subsidizes the trip cost for students. Students only pay 60% of the total trip cost. 
  • 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 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 your 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. 
  • 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.