An alternative break program places teams of college students in communities to engage in community service and experiential learning during their winter or spring break.
Students perform short term projects for community agencies and learn about issues such as literacy, poverty, racism, hunger, homelessness and the environment.
The objectives of an alternative break program are to involve college students in community-based service projects and to give students opportunities to learn about the problems faced by members of communities with whom they otherwise may have had little or no direct contact.
The intensity of the experience increases the likelihood that participants will transfer the lessons learned on-site back to their own communities even after the alternative break end.
Alternative Break - Spring 2017 | Application & Eligibility
Click here to apply for the 2017 UCI Alternative Break Program
Due Date: Week 6 | Monday | Feb. 13, 2017
IMPORTANT (PLEASE READ BEFORE APPLYING):
Alternative Break is open to all UCI undergraduate students. Students must be in good academic standing and not on academic probabtion. UCI Extension students are not eligible at this time.
*Program Support: Upon acceptance to the Alternative Break program, participants will be required to attend a mandatory orientation and service project on March 4 8am-2pm, and a re-orientation program post trip (date TBD).
*Fees & Payments: Upon acceptance, all applicants pay a trip-fee of $200. This fee covers transportation to/from service site, lodging, and most meals. NOTE: Accommodations vary per service site. Eligible drivers will receive the discounted rate of: $160.
*Notification: Applicants will be notified as to the status of their application (via email) no later than Week 8.
*Policies: Upon acceptance into the program, participants will be required to sign agreements (alcohol and drug free, liability, conduct, etc.)
Theme:DECONSTRUCTING THE CITY OF ANGELS
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Date: March 27- March 31
The basis of this trip is meant to focus on the disparities in the culture of the City of Angeles and the issues within underrepresented identities, specifically with homelessness and the importance of empowerment. We will attempt to deconstruct Los Angeles as best as we can within our week of community service to analyze the smaller parts of this giant and beautiful city. Deconstructing means to reduce something to its constituent parts in order to reinterpret it. In simpler terms, this community service trip will attempt to see Los Angeles as more than a city full of cool hipster coffee place and Hollywood, but there are issues that are hidden in the city that many visitors and even its residents may not be aware about. The team will be working closely alongside specialized organizations that work with helping out the homeless population in the Downtown and Echo Park area. Participants who put in as much effort as they can and tries their best to grasp the basis of the trip will understand the impact these types of organizations have for the youth identity and how crucial it is for these types of organizations to exist.