We are looking for AB leaders! This is an excellent opportunity to live out LMU's mission by being a man and woman with and for others and promote justice. Leading an Alternative Break trip is a major time commitment for up to 9 months. Please be honest about whether you can fit this into your schedule. Please turn in the applications into the Center for Service & Action or via email to alternativebreakslmu@gmail.com.

To be an Alternative Breaks leader, please complete our application.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Priority Deadline is May 8.

All leader applicants will be interviewed over the summer. If you are not around the Los Angeles area, the Alternative Break team will coordinate with you a Skype interview.

Proposing a Trip

Applications to propose a trip will open in April.

Mandatory Leader Course

To be a leader you must participate in the Alternative Break Leadership course (Fridays 3 pm - 5 pm during the fall semester). You will get access to register to this course once you have been accepted as a leader.

AB Leader Responsibilities

An AB Leader is someone who sets the tone for the trip. A good site leader empowers participants to excel and grow as individuals. This is a great leadership opportunity for those who are motivated & driven.

AB Leaders are responsible for the most important tasks in the program. Working with co-leaders and staff, selected applicants will prepare and lead a group of 8-10 students through an intense service and immersion trip, ensuring that participants receive the education and training they need in order to develop a genuine solidarity with members of the host community. Leaders are responsible for guiding their peers into new contexts where they will confront concrete social challenges. They are expected to lead by example in building positive group dynamics, cultivating interpersonal and intercultural sensitivity, facilitating the participation of all members, and leading the group in meaningful service and reflection.

In compensation for the time and energy expended by AB Leaders throughout the year, they will receive a financial discount of 50% of the particular trip costs.


An AB Leader is expected to:

  • Respect and adhere to AB mission and goals.
  • Engage their groups in education and reflection before, during and after the trip.
  • Continually communicate with group for unity and safety.
  • Cooperate with co-leader, staff leaders, and host community leaders before and during the trip to facilitate a smooth, safe, and meaningful experience for everyone involved.
  • Assist the AB program in fundraising, and ensure that group payments are made.

Mandatory Meetings and Events

An AB site leader must:

  • Attend weekly AB Leadership course
  • Meet with the Staff/Faculty assigned to their trip once a month.
  • Lead preparation meetings (winter: 4, spring: 6, summer: 8) with your group, scheduled when everyone can attend.
  • Lead at least one re-orientation meeting with your group after you return to LMU.
  • Ensure group participation in "Solidarity Action Week" Alternative Breaks Forum.
  • Guide your group in post-trip actions related to your trip's issue.

Note: If you fail to follow through on these commitments, you may be asked to step down as a leader or will not receive the full 50% financial discount.