Cal Poly Alternative Breaks Program
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 & spring breaks, and international service trips occur during the beginning of summer break.
Details of each trip vary, but typically involve humanitarian aid such as: tutoring disadvantaged children, animal rescue, homeless shelter and food bank support, disaster relief, and habitat restoration.
All trips include a pre-trip orientation workshop, a pre-educational workshop, evening group reflections, free time in the evenings to explore the area, help with travel arrangements, and a post-trip dinner. All trips are led by Cal Poly students and staff. If you would like to create an Alternative Breaks experience, contact us anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org or (805) 756-5338.
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Winter Break - Selma, Alabama
December 18-23, 2016
Spring Break - New Orleans, Louisiana
March 26-April 1, 2017
Summer Break - Capetown, South Africa
June 18-30, 2017
Applications due by February 27
Monday 2/6 10-11am (UU 218)
Thursday 2/9 10-11am (UU 218)
Monday 2/13 2-3pm (UU 218)
Thursday 2/16 3-4pm (UU 216)
Tuesday 2/21 10-11am (UU 218)
Thursday 2/23 10-11am (UU 218)
Click to download the Alternative Breaks Capetown Application
Check out our blog for more details about previous trips: Alternative Breaks Blog.
Limited sponsorships are available based on financial need. A separate application is required. Click to download our sponsorship application.
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