UCI Volunteer Programs

UCI Alternative Break Program


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Alt Break

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 Program Values
 - Service
 - Social Justice
 - Community Building
 - Leadership

UCI Alternative Spring Break Application Information: 

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:  Wednesday, January, 31, 11:59PM.

Alternative Break is open to all UCI undergraduate students.  Students must be in good academic standing and not on academic probation.  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 Saturday, March 9, 2019. 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 $140. This fee covers transportation to/from service site, lodging, and most meals.   NOTE: Accommodations vary per service site (the program is overnight). Eligible drivers will receive the discounted rate of: $100.
   *Notification: Applicants will be notified as to the status of their application (via email) no later than Week 7.
   *Policies: Upon acceptance into the program, participants will be required to sign agreements (alcohol and drug free, liability, conduct, etc.) 

Alternative Break Site Leaders & Descriptions 2018


Site Leader: Jacqui Garcia

Destigmatizing Mental Health: Los Angeles

This trip will focus on the environmental injustices that low-income, people of color face in the urban communities of Los Angeles. This particular population of individuals is exposed to greater health risks due to lack of green spaces, healthy food options, and sustainable modes of transportation in the city. They are disproportionately affected by their urban environment and face hardships that come from spatial inequalities. We will learn more about the importance community gardens, recreational space, and other green spaces in an urban environment as well as how sustainability is a necessity in order to achieve urban equality.  

Site Leader: Jacqui Garcia


Site Leader: Wendy Enrriquez

Environmental Conservation: Catalina Island

The Environmental Conservation Alternative Break Site will focus on doing service at the Catalina Island Conservancy. We will be helping the conservancy with various projects centered around conserving the wild life and native plants that inhabit the island. We will be doing anything from trail maintenance/construction to non-native plant removal and beach clean-ups. Catalina Island houses more than 60 species that cannot be found anywhere else in the world so making sure that they are preserved is imperative to the environment. We will aim to learn about what is being done to maintain native species and how we can reduce our impact on the ecosystems and the environment around us.

Site Leaders: Wendy Enrriquez

Education Accessibility in Impoverished Communities

Education is a fundamental aspect of an individual’s life considering how most spend an average of 12 years in an educational setting. Despite this, not everyone has equal access to a quality education. This is increasingly apparent in low socioeconomic communities. To promote educational success, local community organizations have taken it upon themselves to specialize in helping students from providing tutoring, extracurriculars, financial support, career advancement, etc.  We will participate in service opportunities with local volunteer organizations centered around empowering youth in education in Los Angeles. The goal will be to create awareness in the different ways one can foster engagement to better prepare the next generations of students to become more mindful leaders.

Site Leaders: Cassandra Cheung

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