Alternative Breaks is a service-learning program for students to explore social issues through meaningful service, education, and reflection during their academic breaks. The Alternative Breaks program aims to: train Break Leaders with the knowledge and skills to lead their peers in memorable, safe, and fun breaks; strengthen partnerships with communities where breaks take place; sustain service education in DECals and apply the justice lens of the service trip social issues to local Bay Area contexts; and create trips that are open to students from all income levels.
This student-led program offers the opportunity for growth from Participant to Break Leader to Director. This unique feature provides students with the foundation to continue on a pathway of peace and service-work after the trips end.
In 2014 we made a strategic move to join Magnolia Project, focused in New Orleans, with our Alternative Breaks program. This increases our capacity to offer winter and spring service trips and also enabled us to offer summer internships in the Alternative Breaks partner communities.
More on the Magnolia Project
Formed in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, The Magnolia Project is a University of California, Berkeley student social justice organization created in collaboration with the UC Berkeley's Public Service Center. In 2006, UC Berkeley began partnering with community based organizations in New Orleans and 2015-16 marks the tenth year of our working in solidarity with Gulf Coast communities.
Magnolia Project seeks dedicated students who are not afraid to get dirty and challenge their own assumptions about a just rebuilding process in the Gulf Coast. The program offers a 2-week winter service trip.
The Alternative Breaks Winter Service Trips are two-week service and educational trips in January 2017. Applications will be available in Fall 2016.