AB Trip Options

lmu alternative breaks trip options

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 inquiries please email: alternativebreakslmu@gmail.com.

2017-18 Trip List


Dec 16-22

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

December 26-Jan 6

  • Refugee Rights are Human Rights - Rabat, Morocco, $2,000 -This trip will focus on the rights Sub-Saharan and Syrian refugees, and women's empowerment. Participants will also be taking Arabic language courses.

  • Soil and Soul: Biocultural Regeneration of the Amazon- San Martin, Peru $2,000- This trip will focus on the local ecological situation, regeneration of the rainforest, food sovereignty, and climate mitigation, along with indigenous traditions and spirituality. Students will also be learning about indigenous medicinal plants.


  • Men Anpil Chay Pa Lou: Planting the Seed for a More Sustainable Tomorrow- Port-au-Prince, Haiti, $1,500 - Participants will work and learn from community members that have adopted sustainable agriculture in Haiti. Students will also meet with workers in the sweatshop industry to learn about the impact of the garment industry and their resistance.

Spring: March 3-10

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • Health and Hope in Granada, Nicaragua - Managua, Nicaragua, $1,275 - Students will learn the historical context of Nicaragua and its Public Health care system while shadowing the doctors and medical staff in communities of need.

  • 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 and implementing restorative justice.

  • #BreatheTogetherChokeTheSystem: Racial Justice in Chicago - 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, Interfaith Worker Justice, the Ark of St. Sabina, and Black Youth Project 100.

  • OUT in The Big Apple; LGBTQ Rights and Public Health in New York- New York, $825-Students will connect with organizations that are advocating for LGBTQ rights and health. 

  •  Community Health Education - Belize City, Belize, $1275-In partnership with the School 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.

Summer: May 8-18

  • Education Arts, Music & Politics - Cuba, $1,750 - Students will explore education, dance, and art of Cuba by visiting elementary and secondary schools.  Students will also learn about politics and culture in La Havana.