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 (CEASPA) 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.

  • Trip cost: $2500
  • Flight cost included in SLiCE Fee

This brand new, medically focused Alt Break trip will give participants the opportunity to have a meaningful service-learning and volunteering experience while also gaining vital exposure to the health field. With a special emphasis on urban/rural underserved areas, this trip will allow participants to learn about issues faced by community members while collaborating with local providers to make a positive impact and develop diverse connections.

  • Trip cost: $475
  • Flight cost: n/a

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. 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 refugees in reorienting their lives.

  • Trip cost: $700
  • Flight cost: Approx.$400

This trip to Austin, Texas focuses on the social justice issues within the education system. Participants will examine the intersectionality of race and poverty and how it impacts the education and lives of youth in an urban setting. We will be discussing issues including privilege, oppression, and systemic influences that impact an individual’s journey through the American education system. We will be driving to Austin, Texas, a fun and beautiful city that also serves as a backdrop to the major inequities that are currently taking place in our education system.

  • Trip cost: $700
  • Flight Cost: n/a (driving)

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 a short ferry-ride from Los Angeles. Students participate in numerous environmental restoration and service-learning projects. In addition to volunteer work, participants will also have the opportunity to experience a variety of outdoor activities while on the island including snorkeling, a ropes course, organic gardening, and campfires.
This trip is for 2nd year students at CSU only and planned in collaboration with Orientation and Transition Programs’ Year 2 at CSU programming.

  • Trip cost: Approx. $650
  • Flight included

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 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.

Trip cost: $550
Approximate flight cost: n/a

On this trip, participants will focus on the topic of Human Trafficking and the implications of the industry within the community of Las Vegas. Participants will be exposed to a diverse group of organizations that work with those who have been impacted by modern day slavery, while being educated on the social and political implications that continue to perpetuate this global issue. While learning about the issue area, we will be immersing ourselves in the fun, bustling, and adventurous culture of Las Vegas!

  • Trip cost: $650
  • Approximate Flight Cost: $250

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 Los Angeles 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: $650
Approximate flight cost: $250

On this trip, participants will focus on issues of systemic, socioeconomic and cultural injustices in New Orleans as result of environmental racism.  This trip will dig deep into what advocacy looks like in New Orleans today, and the power of education in rebuilding a community. We will also explore how the lasting effects of Hurricane Katrina are still apparent in these communities, and the damaging affects of gentrification. A simultaneous focus will offer time for the beautiful and vibrant culture that has made New Orleans the unique and wonderful place it is.

Trip cost: $725
Approximate flight cost: $350

On this trip, participants will enter a space to grow and cultivate oneself.  With  the alliance of Red Cloud Renewable Energy Center and Trees, Water, and People,  participants will be able to not only explore sustainable energy and education, but have the opportunity to be immersed into a Native community. Through interaction and collaboration, participants will be able to broaden their view of Native communities and gain a better understanding of Native people and their culture. Participants will also have the opportunity to actively engage with a local youth program. Participants will depart Pine Ridge having made an impact on Pine Ridge and Pine Ridge having made an impact on them, filled with inspiration for a sustainable tomorrow, and imagination to make tomorrow a reality.

Trip cost: $550
Approximate flight cost: N/A

On this trip, participants focus on environmental justice, food insecurity, gentrification and their impacts on people. 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 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. Participants will be exposed to the challenging realties faced by these members of our community, and the long-term implications in which they are confronted.  This trip will challenge the concept of justice in our country with conversations around homelessness and reintegration.

  • Trip cost: $800
  • Approximate flight cost: $300

On this trip, participants will focus on living sustainability practices in beautiful northern New Mexico.   Participants of the trip will visit the Earthship Biotecture firm, to learn about the building process and spend a night in one of the homes!  Participants will collaborate with other local organizations focused on sustainable energy, food and living practices.  Join us as we explore this important topic while enjoying the Taos region.

Trip cost: $600
Approximate flight cost: $0

On this brand new trip, participants will focus on service-learning in the complex and charged realm of immigration and border policy.  Participants will look to partner with immigrant support services while examining controversial practices of incarcerating immigrants at for-profit prison complexes in the region.  Conversation with potential partners, including La Mariposa, The Florence Project and Good Samaritans, has begun as we research the area and the learning that it offers.

  • Trip Cost: $600
  • Approximate Flight Cost: $350

PLEASE NOTE: This trip will take place within the 100 mile zone of the US/Mexico Border, where U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) operates with extended authorities. A federal law says that in these areas, without a warrant, CBP can board vehicles and search for people without immigration documentation.  If you have questions about this issue or feel this may affect your decision to apply, we ask that you discuss the issue with Alt Break Coordinator, Michael Buttram, in the SLiCE office (LSC 210), or with legal counsel.

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, which could fund up to 65% of your trip’s cost!