Alternative Breaks

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The Alternative Break (AB) program cultivates a unique opportunity for students, staff and faculty to engage in service learning and volunteerism in communities outside of the Los Angeles area. It is our belief, and studies have shown, that trips such as these help participants make tangible connections between what they learn in the classroom and what they will encounter once they have jobs and experiences outside the university setting. In addition, these trips have allowed USC  to create valuable, long-lasting relationships in the communities in which we work.

The Volunteer Center houses multiple Alternative Break programs that delve into some of the most pressing issues facing our generation today. Topics may include:

  • Children’s Issues
  • Cultural Erosion in Native Populations
  • Environmental Conservation
  • Healthcare Accessibility and Reform
  • Homeless and Poverty
  • Impacts of Eco-tourism
  • Justice System Reform and At-Risk-Youth
  • Micro Finance/Social Entrepreneurship
  • Women’s Empowerment
  • Youth & Education

Our ABs travel in the winter as well as in the spring.

Applications are typically opened in late August/early September for all AB trips. Visit the winter or spring tab to learn more about each trip and to apply!