Alternative Breaks are national or international service and learning trips designed to have a lasting impact on our students and the communities they work in around the world. As the name suggests, we offer opportunities for students to volunteer their time instead of taking traditional school breaks. And you can help us make this option available to more students!
UC San Diego students can choose from a variety of educational opportunities to explore social justice issues ranging from working in U.S. government offices to working in Third World villages. Our vision is to create globally-conscious and active citizens committed to lifelong service.
Your donations help us offer scholarships and support programming that includes training in leadership, on-site logistics, risk management and fundraising.
Participants impact public health, education, environmental sustainability, climate change research and women’s empowerment projects.
Upcoming trips include touring the US-Mexico border with US Border Patrol agents and then serving alongside Border Angels, local activists who advocate for immigration reform. Students will also have the opportunity to assist medical students administer preventative health check-ups and conduct health education workshops in Bali, Indonesia. A delegation of UC San Diego students will also participate in a service-learning trip to Iceland, a community experiencing the impact of climate change today, to discuss climate change and carbon neutrality education and outreach.