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 Spring Break Programs have passed. Please check back in Spring for Spring Weekend Programs
Questions? email alternativebreak@uci.edu

Alternative Break Site Leaders & Descriptions - Spring Break 2020

Jacqueline Nguyen

Jacqueline Nguyen

Womxn’s Health
Los Angeles
March 23-25

During this trip, students will learn about a variety of topics in regards to Womxn’s Health by working with a wide range of organizations in Los Angeles. These issues will include mental health, physical health, and sexual health and will work with different demographics, but focusing primarily on low-income and homeless communities. Students will also be given the opportunity to meet and discuss this issue with the people most affected by it in the community and develop personal relationships with them. Not only will students be able to learn about this issue, but they will be given the opportunity to develop leadership skills and assist these communities and hopefully bring what they have learned back to UCI campus.

Site Leader: Jacqueline Nguyen

Isabel Villalpando

Isabel Villalpando

Environmental Conservation
Catalina Island
March 23-26

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 Leader: Isabel Villalpando

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Kimberly Escalante
Kimberly Escalante

Immigration & The Border
San Diego
March 23-25

This Alternative Break trip will focus on building awareness of topics surrounding undocumented migrants, immigration, and border issues. Our goal is to learn directly from communities surrounding the border and how they are socially, politically and economically affected by it. Throughout the trip, we will be working together with community-led organizations and learning first-hand from their knowledge and exposure to the topics mentioned.

Site Leader: Kimberly Escalante

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