UCI Volunteer Programs

UCI Alternative Break Program

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UCI Alternative Break Program 

  • 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 2018 | Application & Eligibility 

Step 1: Click here to apply for the 2018 UCI Alternative Spring Break Program 

Step 2: Once an application is submitted, Click here to sign up for an interview time slot for 2018 UCI Alternative Spring Break Program.  

Due Date:  Week 8 | Wednesday | Feb. 28, 2018


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 on March 10, 2018 from 9am-12pm, and a re-orientation program post trip (date TBD).  NOTE: There are additional program specific orientation requirements.  Site leaders will notify particpants of these requirements no later then Week 8.

*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: $170.

*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.) 


Alternative Break Sites - Spring 2018


Theme: LA Made: Exploring Labor Issues and Workers' Rights

Location: Los Angeles, CA 

Site:  TBD

Date: March 26-30, 2018

This trip will focus on working closely with grassroots organizations and day labor centers in the Greater Los Angeles area in order to learn about the different struggles workers face in their everyday life.  Particpants will discuss topics related to intersectionality, workers' rights, wage theft, occupational safety hazards, unfair treatment in workplaces, unemployment, underemployment, informal economy, and human trafficking.  Participants will be involved in community outreach and engage in conversations with advocates for workers' rights.



Theme: Environmental Injustice: Sustainability and Access for All 

Location: La Jolla, CA 

Site:  TBD

Date: March 26-30, 2018

This trip aims to uplift communities that are victims of environmental oppression. Typically communities of color and low socioeconomic status have been disproportionately exposed to polluted air, water, and soil. This includes denial of natural resources and their benefits. The trip will work to help organizations by providing access to green spaces for healthy mindful living. The trip will work closely with the La Jolla Band of Luiseño Indians and learn more from the indigenous perspective. 

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Theme: Womxn of Color: Dismantling Cis Hetero White Feminism 

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Site:  TBD

Date: March 26-30, 2018

This trip will focus on understanding the social injustices that womxn of color face within a patriarchal society.  Through the use of Kimberle Crenshaw's theory of Intersectionality, participants will explore the racial, gender, and political issues underlying the marginalization of womxn of color.  Also, the trip aims to dismantel the notion of white cis-hetero gendered feminism and move towards an intersectional and inclusive feminist mindset.  Particpants will work with organizations that center their work on providing services, spaces, resources that contribute to the improvement of womxn's well-being.



Theme: Hunger and Homelessness: Expanding Definitions in Urban Communities

Location: Los Angeles, CA 

Site:  TBD

Date: March 26-30, 2018

This trip is centered around the struggles of food and housing insecurity and what it means to be living under these conditions in underserved communities. This trip aims to not only volunteer with organizations that help these efforts but to also question “why” is is that these situations happen in the first place and “how” social injustices have a defining role in the lives of those affected. Participants will think critically about being food and housing insecure and gain perspective on these pressing issues. 

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