Alternative Breaks Program




The mission of LMU's Alternative Break Program is to promote service and cultural exchange on the local, national, and international level through hands-on, community based learning. Students are immersed in diverse contexts with concrete challenges that heighten social awareness and inspire lifelong social action.

Alternative Breaks Program Goals:

  • Raise awareness about social injustice and the structures that perpetuate it.  
  • Immerse participants in a new cultural context.                    
  • Encourage members of the LMU community to approach service as a partnership with the community being served.                      
  • Encourage reflection and spiritual examination in the context of service and action.
  • Develop critical thinkers that will reflect about social conditions and the roots causes of problems.
  • Take initiative to take action and create social change.

  For 2015-16, we will  focus on some of the following issues: Ecological Justice, Education, Farm Workers, Human Trafficking, Immigration, Indigenous Communities, Public Health, Land Rights, and Refugee Issues. Trips occur during LMU's winter, spring, and summer breaks. Come to our AB Info Session Sept. 8th 12:15-1:30pm. at St. Robs Auditorium to learn about our five new trips and our new application process.

For more information, contact Jessica Viramontes, Alternative Break Program Coordinator at 310.338.2959 or