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ThanksGiving Back - FAQ

Apply for the 2016 Thanksgiving Back Program!

Kick off the academic year by engaging with fellow students, social issues, and the communities right in Stanford's backyard. What better way to give thanks than to give back? Take advantage of this opportunity to work with inspiring community leaders, alumni, and friends to make a positive difference.

ThanksGiving Back (TGB) is a program sponsored by Alternative Breaks @Stanford. TGB gives students an opportunity to participate in public service and experiential learning over Thanksgiving Break.

Due to high website traffic closer to the deadline for application form submission, it is strongly recommended that you submit your application sooner rather than later.

Who Should Apply?

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

Which trips are offered this year?

Kakehashi: Bridging Connections to the Bay Area Japanese American community. For complete descriptions of this year's trips, click the "courses and trips" menu item above.

What does the time commitment look like?

Participants must be able to attend the following: Pre-Trip Workshops: 2-Hour meetings from Week 6, 7, 8 Fall Quarter (Wednesday nights from 8-10PM, but may change according to participant availability)* Thanksgiving Back Trip: Sunday morning, Nov 20 – Wednesday evening, Nov 23 *Absences are only acceptable under emergency conditions. 

Tell me more about the trips!

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. 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. TGB recruitment uses the same system as ASB, to maximize participation. 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.

Ready to apply? Follow the directions below:

Click here: Fill out TGB Application form 

More questions?

Email them to askalternativebreaks@lists.stanford.edu