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

Alternative Break Site Leaders & Descriptions - Spring Weekends 2019


Empowering Indigenous Women: La Jolla, CA
May 4-5

For this trip, we will be working alongside the La Jolla Band of Luiseño Indians in San Diego. We will assist with the preparation and implementation of the 10th Annual Inter-Tribal Sexual Assault Awareness Walk, honoring Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women. We will learn more about the culture of the Luiseño Indians and engage in discussions about the rights of indigenous women.

Site Leader: Jacqui Garcia


Environmental Conservation: Orange County & Los Angeles
April 27-28

This trip will focus on giving back to our great Mother Earth! It will give you a chance to reflect on the footprint you leave on Earth and will allow you to engage in direct community service that will ultimately benefit our environment and its ecosystems. Service projects may include beach-clean ups, weed picking, and tree planting. These service opportunities may seem small but they can go a long way when we collaborate as a community in the best interest of this planet we call home. Think green and blue!

Site Leader: Wendy Enrriquez & Cassandra Cheung

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Cass Cheung

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