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ThanksGiving Back Details

What is ThanksGiving Back?

The ThanksGiving Back (TGB) program is under the larger Alternative Breaks@Stanford (AB@S) service program. It involves a series of 3 workshops in the Fall Quarter that culminates in a Thanksgiving Break trip. The workshops expose students to complex social and cultural issues through group discussion, readings and reflection activities, while the trip is characterized by community visits, experiential learning, and direct service. The program's vision is to transform students into advocates of social change on issues affecting our local, national and global communities. The program is entirely student-run, and each TGB course and trip will feature 2 co-leaders who chose a specific topic to focus on. TGB trips take place around the Bay Area. Groups may stay with community organizations, Stanford alumni, or other low-budget accommodations within a few hours drive of Stanford.

Who can apply?

Any Stanford University students interested in engaging in public service and experiential learning over Thanksgiving Break.

Which trips were offered in last year in 2018?

Human Rights Advocacy for Refugee and Immigrant Health in the Bay Area; Queer & Asian + History, Identity & Culture; Resilience through Solidarity: The Khmer American Experience. For complete descriptions of this year's trips, go to the "Trips" tab.

What does the time commitment look like?

Participants must be able to attend the following: 3 Pre-Trip Workshops: 2-Hour meetings from Week 6, 7, 8 Fall Quarter. Thanksgiving Back Trip: Sunday morning, Nov. 18 – Wednesday evening, Nov. 20. *Absences are only acceptable under emergency conditions.

How much does it cost?

The total program fee is $90. If the fee is a concern, you can indicate that you want to be considered for financial aid on your application. You will be notified of your financial aid status for TGB in a separate email after being accepted into a trip.

What is the selection process like?

Each TGB accommodates 12 students. No previous experience in service-learning is required. If accepted, applicants will need to confirm their spots in the program. Cost per participant is $90, but need-based financial aid is available. Financial aid is confidentially administered with the assistance of Stanford's Financial Aid Office.For questions regarding the program or financial assistance, please e-mail us at AB@S strives to be inclusive of all members of the Stanford student community. After the application deadline, we allow trip leaders to read the applications written by applicants who ranked their particular trip. The applications will only reveal a given applicant's gender identification (if applicant chose to respond), year, major and responses. Based on the responses, the leaders will submit their preferences for applicants whom they feel will contribute meaningfully to and benefit from their trip. Each TGB is capped at 12 trip participants. In the event that the TGB is filled before you are assigned, you will be placed automatically on the waitlist. Waitlisted applicants will be contacted via email if/when a position becomes available.

More questions?

Email the TGB trip leaders of the trip you are interested in or