Alternative Breaks offers service-learning trips for students to explore a social justice issue through hands-on service supplemented with education and reflection. Trips run during winter and spring breaks and explore issues like immigration, environmental justice, public health, or poverty. Participants take a DeCal class before their trip to learn about the issue and the community partners they will be working with and to get to know each other.
Break Leader Retreat Weekend, Fall 2018
Alternative Breaks (Alt Breaks) has benefited from the generous support of the Associated Students of the University of California (ASUC), and the benevolent support of individual alumni donors.
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Anjali Venkatesh, Community Partnerships Director
Jesus Aguiniga, Finance Director.
Victoria Stafford, Communications Director
Gabrielle Arreola, Training & Sustainability Director
Rosa Enriquez, , Graduate Student Facilitator
Carina Marazzi, Special Projects & Development Director
Cassy Huang, Program Manager
2019-2020 Alternative Breaks Director Team
“I never imagined a space like the PSC. I participated in Alternative Breaks, which gave me experience in local community building. It taught me that community wisdom is perhaps the most important type of wisdom. There’s only so much we can learn from books. It’s given me an alternative way of learning.”
Alejandra Lopez, Class of 2015, Double Major in Sociology and Social Welfare