Texas Tech University

Frequently Asked Questions

How are applicants selected for trips?

TRUE 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 TrUE Service Break trip?

The typical trip fee for a weeklong domestic TrUE 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! TrUE 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 TrUE Service Breaks?

Both application and registration fees are non-refundable. In the case that TrUE 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, learn about the importance of reflection, journaling, and blogging, 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. Along with your direct volunteer work you will be participating in other educational and cultural opportunities. 

Who do I contact with any more questions?

Please contact the Center for Transformative Undergraduate Experiences at true@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 TrUE Service Breaks. You can also apply to be a site leader for future TrUE Service Breaks.