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.

Alternative Breaks 2021-2022



*scholarships available 

Winter Break 

AB East L.A.: Restorative Justice—5 Day (Jan. 3-7, 2022) 


Students will spend the week in Boyle Heights and visit with community partners at Dolores Mission & Homeboy Industries. The focus for this program is to highlight the ways that restorative practices transform the criminal justice system and end the school to prison pipeline.  

Virtual AB/IC El Salvador: Women’s Rights & Climate Change—5 day virtual experience (Jan. 3-7, 2022) 


In partnership with Campus Ministry this collaborative Ignacio Companion (IC) and virtual AB 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. 

AB San Diego: Migration Justice & Art Activism—5 day (Jan. 4-8, 2022) 


This AB focuses on the San Ysidro border and students will visit the border towns in San Diego and meet with migrants to learn their stories, as well as nonprofit organizations, art activists, and community members to learn about ways to join the movement for just and humane migration.   

AB/IC Downtown L.A. (DTLA): Housing Justice & Service Retreat—4 day (Jan. 5-8, 2022) 


In partnership with Campus Ministry this collaborative virtual Ignacio Companion (IC), AB DTLA will focus on housing justice in Los Angeles. Students will visit the community in Skid Row and meet with community members most affected by housing injustice during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Spring Break  

New Trip! AB: Truth Telling Pilgrimage --7 day (Feb. 25-March3, 2022)


The Truth Telling Pilgrimage Alternative Break will be an ambitious survey of the Civil Rights Movement in Birmingham, Montgomery, Selma, Atlanta, and more. This unique collaboration with all of LMU's academic colleges seeks students who have a hunger to understand the depth and breadth of how people of African descent worked, prayed and fought for advancement in this country. 

*Applications for this trip are being accepted until October 24th at 11:45pm. Apply via the CSA LEO page.*

AB/IC Nogales: Migration Justice at U.S./Mexico Border—6 Day (Feb. 27-March 4, 2022) 


In partnership with Campus Ministry, this program 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. 

AB Chicago: Anti-Racism & Xenophobia—7 Day (Feb. 27-March 5, 2022) 


This AB 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 anti-racism training organizations. 

AB Appalachia -- Environmental & Economic Justice --7 Day (Feb. 27-March 5, 2022) 


Students will visit two different locations in the Appalachian Mountains to learn about the fossil fuels industry, coal industry, mountain top removal, the current gas boom, and understand the environmental impacts of climate change as well as the economic implications in the region.