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 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.
Meet this year's Director Team:
Peggy Hsieh: Resources, Alejandra Lopez: Community Partnerships, Scott Hovdey: Alternative Breaks Coordinator,
Emily Droge: Communications, Pilar Manriquez: Training and Sustainability
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 enables us to offer summer internships in each of the 10 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, and an 8-week summer internship program.
The Alternative Breaks Winter Service Trips are a two week service and educational trip in January, organized by students and recent alum, for students.
The Alternative Breaks Spring Service Trips are a one week service and education trip March 19-25, 2016.
Break Leader Application 2016-2017
Application Deadline: Sunday, April 10, by 11:59pm
Thank you for your interest in Alternative Breaks. Before submitting an application:
Also, please note that to complete your application you are required to submit:
We encourage all applicants to utilize the Career Center's guide to resume writing.
1. Take an honest look at your commitments for 2016-2017 to determine whether the Alternative Breaks Program will fit into your schedule. You will serve 8-10 hours per week, which is the equivalent of a 4 unit course. Break Leader Training will occur on Tuesdays from 6-8pm throughout the year. DeCals will occur on Wednesdays from 6-8pm in the spring. There will be some Center-wide Leadership Trainings on select Thursdays you will be expected to attend.
2. Submit (email) a personal essay, resume, and references (with SID at top) in the same email
DUE: Sunday, April 10, by 11:59pm
To: email@example.com AND rescondo
Subject Line: Lastname_BLapp Resume and references (PDF please!):
File name: [Last name]_resume
File name: [Last name]_response Essay (12 pt. font, double spaced. PDF)
Please review the Break Leader Roles and Responsibilities document. In an essay not to exceed 800 words, please address the following:
- Based on the Break Leader Roles and Responsibilities, what qualities, qualifications, or experience do you have that speak to your ability to fulfill the role of a Break Leader?
- Why do you want to be an Alternative Breaks break leader?
If you wish, you may frame your essay as a description of a particular social justice issue you have engaged with, or would like to engage with (you may speak in terms of the trip you are most interested in leading). Include what motivates your engagement with this particular issue, and why you would choose (or have chosen) to work for social change in this particular way.
3. Please sign-up for your Break Leader interview. The last possible day to interview is Friday, April 15.