Alternative Break Locations & Descriptions

On this trip, 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 with construction and environmental projects. Previous participants have helped build a museum, done trail work, and have enjoyed getting to know 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: $2500
  • flight cost: Tickets included in SliCE Fee

On this trip, participants partner with the International Rescue Committee (IRC) focusing on assisting in the facilitation of opportunities for refugees to thrive in America. Each year, thousands of refugees are accepted by the U.S. government. Forced to flee conflict, persecution or natural disaster, many have survived for years against incredible odds. In Atlanta and many other regional offices across the country, the IRC supports refugees in reorienting their lives. Participants can expect to have one-on-one interactions with incredible people, teaching english as a second language, assist with childcare and after school programs, and more.

Trip cost: $700
Approximate flight cost: $400

On this trip, participants will focus 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. Austin is a fun and quirky city that also serves as a backdrop to the major inequities that are currently taking place in our education system. Participants will work with local Austin organizations utilizing alternative forms of education.  Participants will also engage in natural disaster relief efforts and examine the implications natural disasters have on low income, communities of color and education.

Trip cost: $700
Approximate flight cost $0

On this trip, participants will travel 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, participants will partake in nature hikes, camp songs and activities, and overall engagement in outdoor youth education. This is a spring flying trip specifically for 2nd year students at CSU. This camp provides an opportunity for participants 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
Approximate flight cost: $0

On this trip, participants will focus on environmental issues. The Catalina trip is the longest standing partnership with CSU Alternative Break.  Participants stay in Catalina Island Camps, on Catalina Island, which is a short ferry-ride from Los Angeles. Students participate in numerous environmental restoration and service-learning projects.

Trip cost: $600
Approximate flight cost: $300

On this trip, participants will work with Windwood Farms. Windwood farms is an organization that provides therapeutic, residential treatment for abused and neglected boys. Participants will be exploring how issues such as race, education, and socioeconomic status influence the lives of those at Windwood Farms. Participants will provide a variety of services to the farm, while interacting with the boys living there. Additionally, participants will explore how factors including race and socioeconomic status effect the lives of families in Charleston while working with different school and community organizations.

Trip cost: $600
Approximate flight cost: $450

On this trip, participants will focus on youth empowerment through education, creativity, and service with an emphasis on the history of opportunity gaps youth often face. Participants be exploring the systemic cycle that perpetuates these gaps. Participants will work alongside after-school programs in the Chicago Public School district, engaging with students and learning more about their real-life experiences & truly inspiring potentials.

Trip cost: $900
Approximate flight cost: $400

On this trip, participants will explore the idea of digital storytelling with StoryCenter. This trip will work towards ending the silence around interpersonal violence by supporting participants in creating a digital short of their experiences of violence and/or how they heal and cope with the impact violence. Sponsored in collaboration with the Women and Gender Advocacy Center, participants and two trained advocates will attend this trip and work to facilitate a healing and supportive space for participants to explore their experiences through creativity, art, and video. Upon return to CSU these stories will be shared in educational settings to help elevate discussion of ending gender based violence.

Trip cost: $250
Approximate flight cost: $0

On this trip, participants will focus on youth advocacy, poverty, and explore issues of race in the United States.  Participants 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. The trip will seek to highlight the value of intersectionality and how it plays a role in the lives of the children that we will work with. On this trip participants will be able to make an impact on the lives of the youth.

Trip cost: $475
Approximate flight cost: $0

On this trip, participants will explore the topic of gender and sexuality and how it intersects with other identities like class, race, and ability. The primary partnering agency for this trip is the Downtown Women’s Center which supports women and individuals experiencing homelessness. Other agencies could include the Trevor Project and the LA LGBT Center. In working with these agencies, participants will help to further organizational missions to empower people of all identities and learn more about issues surrounding the LGBTQ+ community.

Trip cost: $685
Approximate flight cost: $300

On this trip, participants will focus on issues of systemic, socioeconomic and cultural injustices in New Orleans, specially the Black community. Participants will explore what advocacy looks like in New Orleans today, how the lasting effects of Hurricane Katrina are still apparent in many communities, the power of food security and sustainable ways to feed individuals in need, the complicated relationship between Black people and law enforcement in New Orleans and Louisiana overall. Participants will also explore the beautiful vibrant culture that has made New Orleans one of the nation’s top tourist destinations and home to one of the most extravagant celebration in the US, New Orleans’ annual Mardi Gras parade. Welcome to NOLA!

Trip cost: $725
Approximate flight cost: $350

On this trip, participants will focus on youth and ability, offering participants the opportunity to work with a variety of programs including Freedom Ride, Conductive Education Center of Orlando, the Opportunity, Community, Ability Inc. (OCA), and the Murray Child Development Center. Participants will get hands-on experience engaging in classroom and after-school youth programs, building relationships and spending time with those in the special needs community. Participants will observe best learning practices and provide physical labor to those who are in need of assisted living arrangements.

Trip cost: $900
Approximate flight cost: $475

On this trip, participants will be working Red Cloud Renewable Energy Center, home to the Food Sovereignty Program’s “Solar Warrior Farm,” and dedicated to growing a wide variety of native and heirloom fruits and vegetables. Participants will also work with Trees, Water, People’s Food Sovereignty Program which provides a functional and educational example of sustainable food production for tribal communities. Both programs serve Native communities that want to grow nutritious and traditional foods by reclaiming indigenous knowledge, an important step toward tribal food independence. By bringing together the tools and knowledge needed for sustainable food production, Trees, Water & People will directly strengthen the relationship of one’s food, one’s body, and the connection that Native Peoples have with Mother Earth and her ability to sustain life.

Trip cost: $550
Approximate flight cost: $0

On this trip, participants focus on environmental justice, food insecurity, gentrification and their impacts on people. Participants will work with organizations such as, Zenger Farms, the Groundwork Portland and Dignity Village. Participants will have the chance to learn about these issues through opportunities with: community gardens, farmer’s markets, elementary schools’ gardens, planting trees and visiting the City of Portland Sustainability Committee. This trip will give participants a better understanding about the importance of sustainability, urban farming, environmental justice and food security.

Trip cost: $600
Approximate flight cost: $350

On this trip, participants will examine 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). Participants will be exposed to the challenging realities faced by these 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 with some conversations around homelessness. Participants will interact with individuals and organizations that represent a variety of perspectives, approaches, and understandings. Direct service opportunities include work with a variety of organizations like GLIDE, a non-profit organization that serves to create an inclusive community and alleviate suffering and break the cycle of poverty and marginalization. In addition, participants 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.  This trip will leave you with your soul filled and mind expanded about an issue that is often hidden from society.

Trip cost: $800
Approximate flight cost: $300

On this trip, participants will focus 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 will also 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.

Trip cost: $600
Approximate flight 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.