Spring Break Trips

Spring Break 2014

March 23rd-27th, 2015

“[I learned] how rewarding service is. How much love there is to give and receive in the world. How important the relationships we have are.” ~ 2013 Alternative Breaks Participant

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis! Suggested deadline is November 30th, 2013. 

First priority is given to current CU-Boulder students. After the suggested deadline, faculty, staff, and alumni will be considered.

Email altbreak@colorado.edu with any questions!

Trip Costs Include: Transportation, housing, food, emergency funds, t-shirts, and more for the entire week of Spring Break.

Scholarships & Financial Aid available for current students!

Trip Information

Educating Youth in Boulder Creek

Community Partner: YMCA Camp Campbell

Location: Boulder Creek, California


Spend the week in Boulder Creek, CA! Camp Campbell is located in the heart of the redwoods forest making this an ideal location for fun and interactive science education. Camp Campbell is a YMCA camp for students from San Jose, CA that exposes students to nature through the outdoor science school, a hands-on experience! Participants will have the chance to act as camp counselors for elementary students for their 4 day, 3 night stay. If you want to spend your Spring Break outdoors as a camp counselor, interacting with eager campers and learning about nature, join us on our trip!!

Exploring Homelessness, Urban Poverty, & Social Justice

Community Partner: Greater Cincinnati Coalition for the Homeless

Location: Cincinnati, Ohio


This Spring Break support urban homeless communities directly through service work and education! We will be partnering with The Greater Cincinnati Coalition for the Homeless, a social action agency committed to the eradication of homelessness through coordinating services, educating the public and engaging in grassroots organizing and advocacy.  Through this trip, participants will gain a greater understanding of urban poverty and learn ways they can take action in their own communities.  There will also be time to get to know the culture of Cincinnati.  Are you ready to open your eyes? 

Education on the Border & Personalizing the Impact

Community Partner: Debbie Young, with the Americas Association for the Care of Children
Location: Tucson, Arizona Border Area
On this trip, we hope to get a real understanding of the issues and challenges on both sides of the border. We will be speaking with the district attorney and witnessing Operation Streamline, visiting a center for those that have been deported, serving in the desert providing water and other resources/services, as well as learning about the impacts of the wall and border on the environment with the Sierra Club. We will be directly speaking with people impacted by the issues of immigration along the border with No More Deaths. This trip will be an immersion experience to gain both understanding and awareness of immigrant and border issues and an opportunity to work towards justice. 

Rebuilding Community Nine Years Post-Katrina

Community Partner: St. Bernard Project

Location: New Orleans, Louisiana


The New Orleans Rebuilding Community group will be traveling to New Orleans, Louisiana. We will be working with Lower Nine and helping to rebuild homes that were lost due to Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Isaac. Before the trip, you will learn about one of the greatest natural disasters and the after effects. Nine years later this community of the Lower Nine is still struggling to reinvent the community as a whole. Throughout the trip you will provide hands on service through a variety of community building projects.  

Join us in NOLA to provide hands on support, while learning about the social and economic issues affecting the New Orleans community.

Environmental Conservation: Catalina Island, CA

Community Partner:  Catalina Island Conservancy

Location: Catalina Island, California


Want to do something meaningful for spring break in a typical vacation spot?? Join us on an exciting adventure to Catalina Island, CA. We will be volunteering with the Catalina Island Conservancy, doing a variety of conservation work such as trail maintenance and construction, invasive plant removal, and fire recovery. We will be staying at the Laura Stein Volunteer Camp, which overlooks the Catalina Channel and has great views of the Palos Verdes Peninsula and Southern California Coastline. We will depart Boulder, CO early Saturday morning (March 24th) and stay in Las Vegas, NV that night, arriving in Long Beach, CA Sunday afternoon. We will then take the ferry over to Catalina Island and stay 5 nights and 4 days, volunteering Monday through Thursday. After 4 days of outdoor work on the island we will drive to Zion National Park in Utah and stay the night Friday. Leaving Saturday and returning to Boulder, CO. If you love working outdoors and believe it's our responsibility to take care of our planet, this is a great opportunity for you!

*Trips listed below are confirmed for Spring Break 2015 and open for applicants, however we are still working to finalze Community Partners - stay tuned! 

LGTBQ / Gender Advocacy in San Fransico, CA

Gentrification in San Fransico, CA

Health & Wellness in Atlanta, GA

Zero Waste Trip throughout the Western Slope of CO

Animal Welfare, location TBD


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