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 Winter Program is now available!
Deadline: Wed, Oct. 23, 11:59PM PST


Application Instructions:
Step 1: Complete application by Wed, Oct. 23, 11:59PST
Step 2: Once an application is submitted, sign up for an interview timeslot.

Alternative Winter Break Programs:
 - Program dates: Dec. 16-19 (overnight programs)
 - Participation Fees: *Participants: $80 | Drivers: $60 (Fee covers transportation, meals, lodging, and other materials) *Fees subject to change.
 - Undergraduate students only
 - Selected participants must attend a MANDATORY Orientation on Friday, Nov. 22, 4pm-6:30pm
 - Upon acceptance into the program, participants will be required to sign agreements (alcohol and drug free, liability, conduct, etc).
Questions? email alternativebreak@uci.edu

Alternative Break Site Leaders & Descriptions - Winter Break 2019

Jacqueline Nguyen

Jacqueline Nguyen

Poverty, Food Access & Health
Los Angeles

During this trip, students will learn about the relationship between poverty, food access, and health by volunteering with a variety of organizations dedicated to combating this problem and immersing themselves in this issue, such as volunteering at Community Gardens, Food Banks, and much more. Students will also be given the opportunity to meet and discuss this issue with the people most affected by it in the community, specifically low-income families and communities of color, 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.

Site Leader: Jacqueline Nguyen

Isabel Villalpando

Isabel Villalpando

Hunger & Homelessness
Los Angeles

Over 58,000 individuals are facing homlessness in Los Angeles County this year, a 13% rise from last year. Unfortunately these individuals and families lack financial resources and thus experience food insecurity on a daily basis. The rising cost of rent often means making the impossible choice between food and shelter. This Alternative Break trip will help build a foundation for students to learn about the social and economic determinants leading to rising homelessness in L.A county. Throughout our week in Los Angeles, we will work with local organizations to serve the community of L.A. while focusing on state and local solutions to homelessness. By the end of this trip, students will have a greater understanding of this social issue and will learn how to make a positive impact in their communities. Students will have a better understanding of the ways that L.A. is addressing both hunger and homelessness, and will be able to share this experience with others at UCI as well as in their local communities.

Site Leaders: Kimberly Escalante & Isabel Villalpando

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Kimberly Escalante
Kimberly Escalante

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