AB Trip Options

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 inquiries please email: alternativebreakslmu@gmail.com.

2018-19 Trip List:


Dec 15-21

  • 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 29-Jan 12

  • 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.

  • Social Entrepreneurship - Accra, Ghana, $2,000 - This trip will focus on learning about social entrepreneurship projects in rural communities led by women. Students will assist in developing business models, as well as focusing on marketing and sales organization. 

Spring: March 9-16

  • 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.

  • 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.

  •  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.

  • Men Anpil Chay Pa Lou: Planting the Seed for a More Sustainable Tomorrow- Port-au-Prince, Haiti, $1,275 - 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.

  • Refugee Crisis in Central America - San Jose, Costa Rica , $1,275 - This trip will focus on learning about the refugee crisis in Central America. Students will learn more about the policies and resources that are currently being provided by the state. 


Summer: May 14-24

  • Education Arts, Music & Politics - Cuba, $1,750 - Students will explore education, dance, and art of Cuba by visiting elementary, secondary schools and the University of La Habana.  Students will also learn about politics of Cuba and U.S relations.