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

Applications for Alternative Spring Break 2019 has been closed. Check back later for Alternative Weekend Trip in Spring Quarter!

Alternative Break Site Leaders & Descriptions 2019


Destigmatizing Mental Health: Los Angeles
March 25-27

This trip will focus on reducing the stigma associated with mental health that still persists in society. We will learn more about specific groups that disproportionately face obstacles with their mental health, and are further excluded by people who do not understand what mental health is. These groups of people include but are not limited to veterans, homeless, and addicts. We will work with organizations that offer support to those who may be working through difficulties in their mental health to achieve healing. We will aim to  learn more about these underrepresented groups in the communities of Los Angeles and discover how we may become allies to them.

Site Leader: Jacqui Garcia


Environmental Conservation: Catalina Island
March 25-28

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. Participants will need to bring hiking boots for the program.

Site Leader: Wendy Enrriquez

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Cass Cheung

Education Accessibility in Impoverished Communities: Los Angeles
March 25-27

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 Leader: Cassandra Cheung

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