Alternative Breaks @ UCSD are national or international service and learning trips that cultivate lifelong socially active and globally conscious leaders through direct service, education, diversity, reflection, investigation of social justice issues, and reorientation.
Alternative Breaks@UCSD is a non-profit student organization.
Alternative Breaks are national or international service and learning trips that use education of social justice issues combined with quality direct service to have a lasting impact on students and the communities in which they work.
To create globally conscious active citizens committed to lifelong service.
Each trip incorporates 8 quality components of an alternative break, which include: Strong Direct Service, Orientation, Education, Training, Reflection, Reorientation, Diversity, and Alcohol & Other Drug Free.
Each trip is open to and includes 12 participants: 2 student site leaders, 8 undergraduate participants, 1 community advisor, and 1 alumni or graduate member. Participants are recruited early in Fall Quarter.
Participants meet regularly with the Alternative Breaks @ UCSD Collaborative to discuss logistics, engage in training and reflection activities, and coordinate fundraising. The Alternative Breaks umbrella organization meets regularly with site leaders of each trip to discuss and train trip leaders on site logistics, risk management, and education before, during, and after the trip.
Note: Alternative Breaks is a student-run program. The University of California, San Diego is not responsible for the program or its participants.