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UC Berkeley Alternative Breaks Fundraiser

Alternative Breaks

About Us

Alternative Breaks (Alt Breaks) is one of the many service-based programs overseen by the UC Berkeley Public Service Center. Since 2001, Alt Breaks, a student-led service organization, offers students opportunities to explore social issues through education, meaningful service, and reflection during their spring breaks. Alt Breaks aims to introduce students to a particular social issue through a DeCal seminar, apply their knowledge and engage with community partners during a week-long immersive trip, and challenge students to reflect critically on problems faced by members of the communities with which they are involved.

Where Are We Going This Year?

Where are we going this year?

Your Donation’s Impact

Please make a gift today to support Alternative Breaks trip leaders and participants. 100% of your donation will go toward student trip fees, which covers travel expenses, lodging, and meals. 


“Commitment. The social issues that Alt Breaks attempts to combat are historical struggles that are ongoing. Long-term change requires education, authentic connection, and hands-on action. All of which require time, effort, and commitment.

Gabby Arreola, San Diego Break Leader

“Alternative Breaks has impacted my experience here at Cal greatly by providing me a chance to challenge my pre-conceieved notions of the world through discursive conversation and also to learn about important issues that are facing our society that often go overlooked. In College, it is easy to get lost in your academics and forget about activism and service work. Alt Breaks provides a way to combine all three and help you grow as a person more than you ever thought possible.”

Anjali venkatesh / community partnerships director


“Alternative Breaks has given me an opportunity to grow alongside amazing individuals who are all passionate about sustainable change. Being a break leader has allowed me to think critically about the various issues that impact many communities and has made me more aware of how effective change can be brought up.”

Stephanie rosa / urban health break leader


“Illuminating. Alt-Breaks provides an impactful snapshot into the social problems our communities face. Not only that, the dynamic of undergrads leading undergrads allows for new pedagogical perspectives and fosters the growth of community and family.”

Rosa enriquez / puerto rico break leader