Alternative Break Locations & Descriptions

The oldest of the international alternative break trips, participants will work with a local community center focusing on environmental conservation and ecotourism. The group will experience the culture and customs of Panama while assisting a local organization (CEASPA) with construction and environmental projects. Previous participants have helped build a museum, done trail work, and have enjoyed getting familiar with the citizens, customs, and animals in the small village of Achiote. This is a flying trip and is perfect if you truly want to experience another culture and work with your hands!

Trip cost: $2175
Transportation Cost: Tickets included in SliCE Fee

Partnering with the International Rescue Committee (IRC), this trip focuses on providing opportunities for refugees to thrive in America. Each year, thousands of refugees are accepted by the U.S. government to seek safety and freedom. Forced to flee conflict or persecution, many have survived for years against incredible odds. They step off the plane with next to nothing but their dignity, hope, and determination. In Atlanta and many other regional offices across the country, the IRC supports them in reorienting their lives. Interact one-on-one with incredible humans and explore the great city of ATLANTA. This is a flying trip.

Trip Cost: $600
Transportation Cost: Approx. $360

This trip focuses on social justice issues within the education system. Participants will be examining the intersectionality of race and poverty and how that impacts the education and lives of youth in an urban setting. We will be driving to Austin Texas, a fun and quirky city that also serves as a backdrop to the major inequalities that are currently taking place in our education system. Participants will get to work with Austin organizations like Inside Books Project and Austin Village Academy amongst others. Participants will get the opportunity to see alternative forms of education and talk with leading activist on the issue as well as serving with organizations that are working to close the achievement gap.

Trip Cost: $720
Transportation Cost: $0

Beautiful Boulder Creek is home to YMCA Camp Campbell, a quirky, cool outdoor education camp set within the heart of the Redwood forest. Participants will serve as cabin counselors to a group of fifth and sixth grade students from schools all over Northern California from a variety of home backgrounds. As counselors, alternative breakers will partake in nature hikes, camp songs and activities, and overall engagement in outdoor youth education. Banana slugs and compost included! This is a spring flying trip specifically for 2nd year students at CSU. This camp provides an opportunity for students to learn with the campers and make connections as a role model to young people. This trip is planned in collaboration with Orientation and Transition Programs’ Year 2 at CSU programming.

Trip Cost: $600
Transportation Cost: $0

This trip focuses on environmental issues and is the longest standing partnership with Alternative Break Trips at CSU.  Participants stay in Catalina Island Camps, on Catalina Island, which is located southwest of Los Angeles and participate in numerous environmental projects including trail building/repair, environmental education projects, and landscaping.  In addition to volunteer work, participants will also have the opportunity to experience a variety of outdoor activities while on the island. This is a flying trip.

Trip Cost: $525
Transportation Cost: Approx. $300

Alternative Break participants traveling to Charleston will work with Windwood Farms, a non-profit organization that provides therapeutic, residential treatment to abused and neglected boys. We will be exploring how issues like education, race, and socio-economic status build into the lives of these boys staying at the facility. We will work with the farm and boys as well as volunteering with different school programs and organizations all while exploring the Charleston city charm. This is a flying trip.

Trip Cost: $600
Transportation Cost: Approx. $400

The trip to Detroit will serve the city’s community by working on both restoring urban neighborhoods and empowering the people who call the Motor City home.  As more industries left the Detroit area, the city suffered a massive loss in its population, which has led to a staggering amount of abandoned buildings throughout the city limits.  This trip will focus on various forms of community revitalization through partnerships with local organizations like Motor City Blight Busters Detroit.  Furthermore, this trip will focus on building community and volunteering with various populations in Detroit such as people experiencing homelessness, the lgbtq community, and other populations with intersecting identities.  This is a flying trip.

Trip Cost: $700
Transportation Cost: Approx. $400

The Kansas City trip focuses on youth advocacy, poverty, and also explores issues of race in the United States.  We partner with The Children’s Place, an organization committed to meeting the developmental and mental health needs of young survivors of neglect, abuse and other trauma. To create a safe and caring environment, The Children’s Place focuses on nurturing youngsters while keeping cultural competency and diversity in mind at all times. We will also work with the Ronald McDonald House and Community Linc.  In a nutshell, if you participate on this trip, you’ll get to hang out with some REALLY cute little kids!  This is a driving trip.

Trip Cost: $500
Transportation Cost: $0

This trip will explore the topic of gender and many intersecting identities such as class, race, ability, and LGBTQIA+ issues.  The primary partnering agency for this trip is the Downtown Women’s Center. Supporting agencies could include the Trevor Project and the LA LGBT Center. Participants will have the opportunity to sort donations, assist with beautifications projects, deliver lunch, and generally supports these organizations in their mission to empowering women of all identities and backgrounds as well as fight for LGBTQIA+ rights! This is a flying trip.

Trip Cost: $710
Transportation Cost: Approx. $300

New Orleans and the surrounding areas are still, after more than 10 years, being affected by Hurricane Katrina. The New Orleans trips will feature volunteer work with the St. Bernard Project helping to support disaster relief by rebuilding homes in St. Bernard Parish.  As reconstruction continues in New Orleans, St. Bernard is in constant need of volunteers to complete the volume of building projects that they are sponsoring for individuals still living without homes after the storm.  Volunteers will be doing construction work, sorting piles of Madi Gras beads, enjoying the New Orleans culture and working with other volunteer groups from around the nation.  This is a flying trip.

Trip Cost: $700
Transportation Cost: Approx. $330

Partnering with the Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC), the first and oldest organization in New York City committed to the fight against AIDS, this trip centers on HIV/AIDS. GMHC’s mission statement is “to end the AIDS epidemic and uplift the lives of all affected” The GMHC believes strongly in order to achieve this mission they need to “promote education, increase awareness, improve care, reduce stigma, elevate policy and build strong, supportive communities.” Participants on this trip can anticipate volunteering as a client library assistant, kitchen and pantry assistant and interacting with the diverse GMHC clients all in the great city that never sleeps! This is a flying trip.

Trip Cost: $750
Transportation Cost: Approx. $350

The Arizona trip will focus on the topic of immigration with the hopes of facilitating a better understanding of current conflicts along the US-Mexico border. By partnering with both No More Deaths and Humane Borders, participants will gain insight into the perspective of an immigrant crossing the border. While promoting humanitarian projects such as water aid stations in the Arizona desert, students will get the opportunity to learn about immigration from observation, conversation, and solidarity with the surrounding community. Additionally, participants will learn more about the “issue” of immigration from a policy standpoint through our partnership with the Policy Center at Arizona State University. This is a driving trip!

Trip Cost: $800
Transportation Cost: $0

A trip focusing on environmental justice, food insecurity, gentrification and the impacts they have on people. Participants will work with organizations such as, Zenger Farms, the Groundwork Portland and Dignity Village. They will also have the chance to learn about these issues through opportunities with: community gardens, farmer’s markets, elementary schools’ gardens, planting trees, visiting the City of Portland Sustainability Committee and experiencing Portland culture! This trip will give participants a better understanding about the importance of sustainability, urban farming, environmental justice and food security. In addition, volunteers will have the chance to explore waterfalls, the Pacific Ocean, food trucks and so much more! Come join us on this flying trip to Portland!

Trip Cost: $620
Transportation Cost: Approx. $300

A trip working with the International Rescue Committee (IRC) serving refugees coming to the western United States. Each year, thousands of refugees are accepted by the U.S. government to seek safety and freedom. The IRC helps them rebuild their lives through a variety of opportunities. Projects at the IRC will emphasize agriculture and sustainability within the refugee community, as well as exploring homelessness and poverty within the refugee population. This trip provides the opportunity to gain a different perspective on the refugee population at an affordable cost. This is a driving trip!

Trip Cost: $550
Transportation Cost: $0

Participants will have the opportunity to peek inside the systems of incarceration and the process of reentry to society for former inmates. There will be planned visits to active and historical prisons in the Bay Area (i.e. San Quentin and Alcatraz). Students will be exposed to the challenging realities faced by members of our community, and the long term implications that they are confronted with. This trip will challenge the concept of justice in our country. Participants will interact with individuals and organizations that represent a variety of perspectives, approaches, and understandings. Direct service opportunities include work with organizations like The Beat Within, and Justice Now. In addition, we will also explore activism, art, and other forms of expression. San Francisco is an immense city with many agencies and organizations confronting challenges in the criminal justice system, and is a great environment to learn and contribute to the conversation. Aside from a full tummy due to consuming unhealthy amounts of sourdough bread and seafood–this trip will leave you with your soul filled and mind expanded about an issue that is often hidden from society. This is a flying trip.

Trip Cost: $800
Transportation Cost: Approx. $300

This alternative break trip focuses on “off-the-grid” living, sustainability, and Native American issues and culture. Participants should expect to become immersed in the diverse Spanish, Mexican, and American Indian cultures present in Taos. Participants of the trip should expect to visit the Earthship Biotecture firm, help in the completion stages of a completely sustainable house made from recycled materials, and spend the night in one of the homes! Participants may also visit the Taos Pueblo, a reservation with a mudbrick complex that has no running water or electricity. It’s going to be a blast! This is a driving trip.

Trip Cost: $525
Transportation Cost: $0

Trip Dates: December 28, 2017-January 12, 2018

The Kenya Alternative Winter break provides a unique opportunity for students to participate in a life-changing cross-cultural experience, immersed in a local culture and working alongside community members on a variety of projects, discussions and events.  Students will work with numerous organizations to learn about a variety of issues, from women’s rights, educational access, water access, conservation and others.   Community partners include:

Unity Women’s Village

This village of 15-20 women comprise females who left their homes following violence, abuse, early pregnancy or a similar circumstance. The women operate as a co-op, producing beaded necklaces and bracelets primarily for purchase by tourists. Service will be a variety of projects, including coordination of a girls’ conservation club and various village projects.

Lorubae Primary School

Lorubae Primary School is in the community of Archer’s Post in Samburu. It has about 300 students in K-8 grades and is typically under-resourced in terms of teachers, supplies and materials.  Participants’ primary experience will likely include teaching students in core subjects such as English and science, and leading field trips to nearby wildlife parks.

Samburu Youth Education Fund

SYEF focuses its efforts on improving access to secondary school for Samburu youth.  With tuition and room/board costs for secondary school around $500+ annually, it is difficult for youth from impoverished parts of the country to enroll. We will assist SYEF by convening its youth recipients to check in about their school progress, celebrate their successes and gathering stories for SYEF to use in its future fundraising.

Estimated Cost: ~$3,500

Applications are open for alternative winter break!

 

Don’t forget to apply for the Alternative Spring Break GRANT and receive up to $500 off the cost of your trip.