Alternative Breaks at UCLA

405 Kerckhoff Hall

308 Westwood Plaza,
Los Angeles, CA 90095

altbreaksucla@gmail.com

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Our History

ALTERNATIVE BREAKS (AB)

Alternative Spring Break was started in 1991 in an attempt to promote hands on community service within UCLA by immersing volunteers in an environment away from UCLA for the week of Spring Break. Twenty volunteers were selected to participate that first year. Throughout the winter quarter the volunteers worked on confirming the sites as well as projects that were to be done during the break. They organized the entire trip, but most importantly they educated themselves on the issues facing the two project sites: Tijuana, Mexico and Teesto, Arizona.

At the sites the volunteers not only applied what they had already learned, but they also learned and experienced a great deal more by interacting with the people from those communities and more importantly, by working beside them. Upon their return, some of the volunteers were so moved by their experiences that they immediately decided not only they would return to their sites, but that they would improve the program as well.

From two sites since 1991 in Tijuana, Mexico and Teesto, Arizona, we have expanded to ten sites, two winter break sites and eight spring break sites exploring issues that range from conservation, food injustice, homelessness, and immigration rights. As of the last four years, AB has established a committee within CSC that upholds our mission statement.

 Since 1965, USAC CSC has focused its efforts towards creating social change, understanding the greater Los Angeles community, and promoting campus-wide service programming. CSC represents 33 student-run community service projects that work to tutor youths and adults, address the health needs of ethnic communities, combat poverty and homelessness, and reach out to incarcerated youth and neglected children. CSC projects strive to provide communities with the tools to empower themselves and challenge the structures and barriers that keep them from achieving their goals. The commission also aims to centralize the service efforts of the UCLA campus community through issues awareness, collaboration, Alternative Breaks, and large-scale service programming. 

2019 SITES 

  • Winter Sites:

    • Exploring a Model Green City: Sustainable Development in San Francisco [San Francisco, California]

    • Rainbow Mental Health: Where Are The Resources? [Central Valley Road Trip]

  • Spring Sites

    • 94974: The Roadmap from Slavery to Mass Incarceration [San Quentin, California]

    • Animals Outta Predicaments: No Kill Advocacy at Best Friends [Kanab, Utah]

    • Bridging Animal and Human Rights: Finding Justice in the Coachella Valley [Coachella Valley, California]

    • Deconstructing Disabilities: Accessibility in the Capital [Washington D.C.)

    • Need for Accessibility: How the Twin Cities Deliver Specialized Mental Health Care [Minnesota]

    • Protect and Preserve: Environmental Conservation at Joshua Tree National Park [Palm Springs, California]

    • SEA-ing the Connections: An Exploration of the Root Causes & Determinants of Homelessness in the City [Seattle, Washington]

    • We the People: Co-building Native Sovereignty and Wellbeing [Wyoming]

2018 SITES 

2017 SITES 

2016 SITES 

2015 SITES 

  • Majority within Minority: Exploring the Cycle of Affordable Housing [Downtown Los Angeles, California]

  • Environmental Conservation [Grand Canyon, Arizona]

  • Animal Welfare [Kanab, Utah]

  • After Katrina: Building a more Sustainable Future [New Orleans, Louisiana]

  • Through the Eyes of the Marginalized: Confronting Community Health Issues in the City [San Francisco, California]

  • Immigration Rights [San Juan, Texas]

2014 SITES 

  • No Kill: Helping our Companions at Best Friends Animal Society [Kanab, Utah]

  • Melting Pot: Food and Nutrition in the City of Angels [Los Angeles, California]

  • NOLA Rising: Urban Renewal after Katrina [New Orleans, Louisiana]

  • Sidelined in the City: Exploring How a Community Addresses Health Disparities among Marginalized Populations [San Francisco, California]

  • Food for Thought: Combating Hunger and Homelessness in the Nation's Capital [Washington DC]

  • Going Wild: Discovering the Dichotomy Between Human Intervention and Environmental Conservation... or is there? [Wind Wolves Preserve]

2013 SITES 

  • Melting Pot: Food and Nutrition in the City of Angels [Downtown Los Angeles, California]

  • Catalina Island Conservancy [Catalina Island] 

  • Best Friends Animal Society [Kanab, Utah]

  • New City Parish [Los Angeles, California]

  • NOLA [New Orleans, Louisiana]

2012 SITES 

  • Conservation. Education. Recreation. [Catalina Island, California]

  • A Bug, Dog, Piggy, and Horse's Life [Kanab, Utah]

  • Where Every Life Matters [Los Angeles, California]

  • NOLA [New Orleans, Louisiana]

  • Feeding out Knowledge by Feeding the Homeless [Salinas, California]

2011 SITES 

  • Death Valley National Park [Death Valley, California]

  • Best Friends Animal Society [Kanab, Utah]

  • New City Parish [Los Angeles, California]

  • Dorothy's Place [Salinas, California]

  • TWO: Transformational World Opportunities [San Diego, California]