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University of California of Los Angeles

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Alternative Breaks
Alternative Spring Break was started in 1991 in an attempt to promote hands on community service within UCLA by immersing volunteers in an environment away from UCLA for the week of Spring Break. Twenty volunteers were selected to participate that first year. Throughout the winter quarter the volunteers worked on confirming the sites as well as projects that were to be done during the break. They organized the entire trip, but most importantly they educated themselves on the issues facing the two project sites: Tijuana, Mexico and Teesto, Arizona.
At the sites the volunteers not only applied what they had already learned, but they also learned and experienced a great deal more by interacting with the people from those communities and more importantly, by working beside them. Upon their return, some of the volunteers were so moved by their experiences that they immediately decided not only they would return to their sites, but that they would improve the program as well.