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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 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.

Alternative Breaks

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.

Learn more about the program from the Berkeley Life!

Spring 2022 Participant Application:

  • Priority Deadline: 10/25/2021 @11:59 pm
  • Final Deadline: 10/31/2021 @11:59 pm
Apply here!

Break Leader:

  • Economic justice in Bay Area (1)
  • Environmental & food justice in Bay Area (2)
  • Immigration rights in San Diego (1)
Apply here!

Information Session:

  • Tuesday, Oct. 12, 5-6pm, Zoom link here (Meeting ID 948 1745 5092 / Passcode 797622)
  • Wednesday, Oct. 13, 5-6pm, Zoom link here (Meeting ID 936 1574 7506 / Passcode 511096)
  • Thursday, Oct. 21, 5-6pm, Zoom link here (Meeting ID  919 6870 4471 / Passcode 741915)

Contact Information

Jesus Aguiniga, Finance Director.

Justina Robinson, Communications Director

Rosa Enriquez, , Graduate Student Facilitator

Carina Marazzi, Special Projects & Development Director

Cassy Huang, Program Manager

1920 Alternative Break Director Team

2019-2020 Alternative Breaks Director Team

Alejandra Lopez“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

Read more about Alejandra’s experience with Alternative Breaks.