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.

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Winter 2019 / 2020

December 14-20

Dreams Have No Borders - Tucson, Arizona, $450 - Participants will learn about the plight of immigrants, observe court proceedings known as Operation Streamline, visit a detention center, and learn about ways to be advocates for humane immigration reform and defend DACA.

December 28-Jan 11

Refugee Rights are Human Rights - Rabat, Morocco, $2,000 -This trip will focus on the rights Sub-Saharan and Syrian refugees, and the struggles they face in Morocco. Participants will also be taking French language and a course on Islam. Students also get to visit the mosque in Casablanca.

January 1-11

Education Arts, Music & Politics - Havana, Cuba, $1,750 - Students will explore education, dance, and art of Cuba by visiting elementary, secondary schools and the Latin American School of Medicine. Students also visit Viñales to learn more about agricultural practices. Students will also learn about politics of Cuba and U.S relations.

Spring 2020

March 7-14

  • Sustainability through Holistic Understanding - San Juan, Puerto Rico, $1,275 - This trip will focus on the sustainability of a community through service projects that include developing infrastructure, organic food production, rain water management, and natural building projects/permaculture.
  • Mass Incarceration and Restorative Justice - CA Prisons (Several Locations), $425 - This trip will visit different detention facilities, including juvenile hall, women's prison, and men's prisons. Students will also meet with organizations fighting to end the prison industrial complex, who fight for abolition, reform or restorative justice.
  • Racial Justice & Xenophobia- Chicago, Illinois, $825 - This trip focuses on understanding racism on the individual, institutional, and societal levels. Participants will partake in antiracism and oppression workshops and get grassroots organizing exposure with community organizations such as Crossroads, American Indian Center, Let us Breathe Coalition, Inquilinos Unidos, Japanese American Community, and Inner-City Muslim Action Network.
  • Community Health Education - Belize City, Belize, $1275-In partnership with the Frank R. Seaver College of Science & Engineering, this trip focuses on conducting a public health campaign with local students and community members on issues such as malnutrition and communicable diseases. Students with a health or science background/interest are encouraged to apply.
  • Youth Development, Surf, & Ecology - Liberia, Costa Rica, $1,275- Students on this trip will have an opportunity to learn more about the ecology in this region, while getting to surf, and mentoring youth. Students will connect with local LA Surf clubs to do volunteer service projects at the local beaches.
  • Human Trafficking - Miami, Florida, $825- Students will be exposed to the root causes and impact of Human and Sex Trafficking. Students will meet with several local community organizations that are providing services and advocating to end human trafficking. Students will have an opportunity to meet with survivors of human trafficking.
  • Food Justice, Culture, & Resistance - Oaxaca, Mexico, $1,275 - In partnership with a language school, students will take Spanish lessons in the morning. (Students who are already bilingual in Spanish will take alternative courses). In the afternoon, students will learn more about indigenous culture, food justice, and ways indigenous communities practice their identities.

Summer 2020

May 14-24

Keeping Culture Alive - San Lucas Toliman, Guatemala, $1,275 Participants will work closely with the school to learn about the Indigenous curriculum this school uses to promote pride in the students' Mayan culture. Students will also learn about the causes and impact of the Guatemalan civil war. Students have often been able to meet with Nobel Peace Laureate Dr. Rigoberta Menchu.