An LMU student preparing food on an Alternative Break trip.

LMU's Alternative Breaks (AB) Program is designed to offer trips based a diverse set of issues. Students are encouraged to apply for trips surrounding the issues they are most passionate about.

Past AB trips have included Arizona to study immigration issues or traveling to Puerto Rico to learn about sustainable living.

On each trip, participants are challenged to think critically about social conditions and the roots causes of problems. As a group, each trip generates and executes a post-trip action plan to create real social change in their communities.

If you are interested in the Alternative Breaks Program, we encourage you to check out our student-produced films from our past AB Film Festival.

For any questions please email Alyssa Perez.

Winter 2020

Dec. 28-Jan 1, 2021

Dreams Have No Borders - Nogales, AZ & Nogales, Mexico - $30.  This 5-day virtual program will offer students an opportunity to meet with migrants and learn from their stories, as well as to understand the broader context of the US/Mexico border and the current immigration context, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

January 4-8, 2021

IC/AB Women’s Rights & Climate Change in Rural El Salvador - $30.  In partnership with Campus Ministry this collaborative virtual Ignacio Companion (IC) and Alternative Break (AB) program will focus on the role of women’s rights and leadership in rural Salvadoran communities,  highlight the impact that climate change has had on the current migration situation in El Salvador/Mexico/USA, and will integrate IC's values of community, solidarity, and faith/justice . 

Racial Justice in Central America- Guatemala, Nicaragua, & El Salvador - $30.  In partnership with First To Go, this virtual program will center around racial justice, anti-black racism, and the Black Lives Matter impacts in Central America.  Students will explore the question of, “How are things that we are talking about here being talked about somewhere else in the world.”

Spring 2021

Spring Break: 

Feb. 26- March 1, 2021

AB Homeboy/Dolores Mission: Boyle Heights - $20.  This 3-day virtual immersion will connect students with our Jesuit community partners in Los Angeles. Dolores Mission is one of two Jesuit parishes in L.A., and was the birthplace of what is now known as Homeboy Industries. Participants will meet with community partners, and even have a chance to meet with folks at Homeboy!

AB De Colores- Tijuana, Mexico - $20.  In partnership with Campus Ministry, this 3-day virtual delegation to Mexico will offer students the opportunity to engage, reflect & grow with our community partners across the Border & with one another.  Participants will meet with community members from Casa Del Migrante, Border Angels, the community of El Florido, the Kino Border Initiative, and more!

Summer Break: 

May 10-14, 2021

AB Chicago: Anti-Racism & Xenophobia- $30. This 5-day virtual program will center around racial justice, anti-racism, and white supremacy designed to give students an in depth analysis of racism in the U.S., and in Chicago specifically. Students will learn about racism in the U.S. firsthand from community members and local organizations, such as Crossroads (an antiracism organizing and training organization).

AB BorderLinks: Immigration & Detention-Tuscon, AZ  - $30.  In partnership with First To Go, this virtual immersion will focus on the reality of life in the borderlands. Students will hear stories about migration and life along the U.S./Mexico border, and also explore the impacts of U.S. immigration policies. In partnership with BorderLinks, this program will bring to the forefront the voices of migrants and people who are committed to social change.

Senior AB Trip: Racial Justice in Central America- Guatemala, Nicaragua, & El Salvador - $30.  This virtual program will center around racial justice, social change, and the Black Lives Matter impacts in Central America.  Students will explore the question of, “How are things that we are talking about here being talked about somewhere else in the world.”  Wrap up your time at LMU learning and reflecting about what a life of service and justice looks like beyond graduation.

*Please note all trips are virtual immersion experiences.*