What is Alternative Breaks?

Alternative Breaks offers a chance to raise students' self-awareness, supplement their educational experience with the university, and demonstrate Cal Poly's enthusiasm to make a positive impact outside of the campus community. Students are immersed in another culture, which provides the opportunity to examine social issues and reflect on their own positions of power and privilege. Volunteer excursions give Cal Poly students a chance to make a lasting contribution and work together to develop skills as global citizens.

The Center for Service in Action hosts multiple Alternative Breaks trips throughout the year, providing students with a chance to make a difference during their breaks from the academic school year. Cal Poly students have the opportunity to serve their global community while exploring outside their positions of privilege. 

Domestic service trips occur every winter and spring breaks, and global service trips occur during the beginning of summer break. 

Details of each trip vary, but typically involve humanitarian aid such as: tutoring disadvantaged children, homeless shelter and food bank support, disaster relief, and habitat restoration.

All trips include pre-trip orientation workshop, evening group reflections, and free time in the evenings to explore the area. All trips are led by Cal Poly staff. If you would like more information about applying to an Alternative Breaks experience, come to an information session or contact us at altbreaks@calpoly.edu or (805) 756-5338.

Upcoming Trips

New Orleans, Louisiana
Winter Break - December 16 - 22, 2018

New York City, New York
Spring Break - March 24 - 30, 2019

WINTER BREAK TRIP - Application deadline:

Mon, 10/29

 

NEW INFO SESSIONS OFFERED:

Mon, 10/15/18 10 am, 52/E-22

Thur, 10/18/18 3 pm, 52/E-22

Mon, 10/22/18 3 pm, 52/E-22

Thurs, 10/25/18 10 am, 52/E-22

SPRING BREAK TRIP - Application deadline:

Mon, 2/4

 

Info Sessions:

Mon, 1/14/19 2 pm, UU/216

Thur, 1/17/19 10 am, UU/216

Tues, 1/22/19 2 pm, UU/216

Thurs, 1/24/19 10 am, UU/216

Mon, 1/28/19 10 am, UU/216

Thurs, 1/31/19 10 am, UU/216

 

 

South Africa
Summer Break - June 16 - 30, 2019

Vietnam
Summer Break - June 16 - 30, 2019

SUMMER BREAK TRIPS - Application deadline:

Mon, 2/25

 

Info Sessions:

Mon, 1/28/19 3 pm, UU/218

Thurs, 1/31/19 2 pm, UU/216

Mon, 2/4/19 10 am, UU/216

Thurs, 2/7/19 10 am, UU/216

Mon, 2/11/19 3 pm, UU/218

Thurs, 2/14/19 pm, UU/218

Tues, 2/19/19 2 pm, UU/216

Thurs, 2/21/19 10 am, UU/216

SUMMER BREAK TRIPS - Application deadline:

Mon, 2/25

 

Info Sessions:

Mon, 1/28/19 3 pm, UU/218

Thurs, 1/31/19 2 pm, UU/216

Mon, 2/4/19 10 am, UU/216

Thurs, 2/7/19 10 am, UU/216

Mon, 2/11/19 3 pm, UU/218

Thurs, 2/14/19 3 pm, UU/218

Tues, 2/19/19 2 pm, UU/216

Thurs, 2/21/19 10 am, UU/216


Contact Us

Center for Service in Action
Building 52, Room E22
Phone: (805)756-5338
Email: altbreaks@calpoly.edu

 

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