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Alternative Breaks: Solidarity in Action

Raised toward our $6,000 Goal
21 Donors
Project has ended
Project ended on November 30, at 11:59 PM PST
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Support Critical Service Learning in California and Puerto Rico!

Who We Are

Alternative Breaks (Alt Breaks) is one of the many student-led service-based programs supported by UC Berkeley Public Service Center. Since 2001, Alt Breaks has offered students opportunities to learn, serve, and take action on social justice issues during spring break. 

Our motto is solidarity in action. Student participants learn about pressing social justice issues through a student-facilitated DeCal seminar, apply their knowledge and engage with community partners during a week-long immersive trip, and challenge themselves and each other to reflect critically and take action.  

Alternative Breaks relies on fundraising to reduce the $375 student participant fee. Your donation will reduce participant fees, a significant barrier preventing students from engaging in this transformative experience. 

Spring 2023 Service Opportunities

Explore our Student-Led Courses | Decals

Central Valley
The Unsung Heroes Harvesting Your Tomorrow: Exploitation, Migration, and Resilience

San Francisco

Economic Justice | No Place Like Home: Housing Inequity

East Bay

Heal Your Planet Heal Yourself (HYPHY):  Building Sustainable Legacies Rooted in the Town

Los Angeles

 Striving for Health Equity in Los Angeles

Puerto Rico

Bombiando con Puerto Rico

San Diego

Immigration Isn’t a Crime: The Fight for Human Rights at the Southern Border 

Your Contribution to Solidarity in Action

Student participants pay a $375 fee, to cover all food, transportation, and housing for 1 week. Nearly half of all trip budgets are allocated to food, with housing a close second. 

The only source of funding for the trips comes from participant fees. We recognize the significant financial burden this places on students. We rely solely on fundraisers and private donors to offset the fees. Your contribution will go directly towards reducing participant fees across the 6 trips. 

Our Team


We celebrate the intersectional and interdisciplinary nature of Alternative Breaks. Over 85% of our students identify as BIPOC, more than half (59%) are first-generation college students, and nearly 75% of our students can speak two or more languages. Alt Breaks is home to participants representing 29 different majors and minors, embracing the valuable experiences of each person in the room.

The Director Team (D-Team), supports the incredible work of our Break Leaders (BLs). BLs commit to a one-year leadership position with Alternative Breaks. BLs manage all logistics associated with the course and trip including, but not limited to:

  • developing a syllabus
  • instructing a Decal
  • cultivating community, housing, and faculty partnerships
  • organizing fundraising efforts
  • recruiting and retaining future leaders

Student participants apply during the Fall semester. In the spring, they enroll in a 2-unit Decal course and commit to on-the-ground service during Spring Break in California or Puerto Rico. The $375 student participant fee covers all food, housing, and transportation for 1 week. 

Faculty Sponsors

Faculty sponsors support Break Leaders as they explore their social justice issues, bridging academics, community wisdom, evidence-based knowledge, and on-the-ground learning.

Community Partners

We have the privilege of serving and learning with a diverse group of stakeholders, including city governments, non-profits, and local artists. Our partnerships span across California and Puerto Rico. Areas of focus include basic needs, agriculture, sustainability, literacy, health equity, and advocacy. 

Community Partner

Faithful Fools
Tenderloin, San Francisco

Check out our interview with Faithful Fools!

Community Partner Spotlight
Camp Tabonuco
Jayuya, Puerto Rico


Choose a giving level


Cultural Event Experience

Cost for entrance into a museum or cultural event. Ex: Bomba workshops, SF Botanical Gardens


All Community Meetings

Each year we host 3 community dinners to bring together our community partners, students, & faculty sponsors.



BART tickets, Amtrack, car rentals, parking


Water & Meals

3 meals a day for a week adds up quickly! Sponsor some breakfasts, lunches, and dinners. The average cost of food per day in California is $37!


Student Participant Fee

Sponsor the cost of a participant and lessen the financial burden for other participants! Covers the entire cost of transportation, housing, and food for the week for 1 participant.

Our Crowdfunding Groups