FAQs

When and where are info sessions?

How much do trips generally cost?

What are the payment deadlines?

Are payments broken up? Are payment plans available?

Are alcohol and drugs allowed?

How many people go on each trip?

What are the days of the trip?

Can I apply to more than one site?

How do I join AB?

How are applicants selected?

What makes AB unique?

What effects do these trips have?

Do you have a waitlist? If so, how does it work?

What is the time commitment?

Can I apply if I have gone on an alternative breaks trip before?

Can I apply even if I’m a fourth year?

What does a typical day look like?

What if I am studying abroad, can I still apply?

What if I live close to the site location? Do I need to be with my group for the entire trip? Can I go home?


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When and where are info sessions?

Tuesday, October 20th 6-7pm & Thursday, October 22nd 8-9pm. Both info session will be in Franz 3534.


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How much do trips generally cost?

Trips start as low as $50 and can go up to $400 depending on which site you participate on. The cost includes housing, transportation (flights/ cars), volunteer fees, and honorariums. Food is not included, this will give you the chance to use your taste buds in new authentic, creative, and iconic ways.


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What are the payment deadlines?

Deposits are due on Monday, November 23rd. The rest of the payment will be due February 1st, 2016.


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Are payments broken up? Are payment plans available?

Payments are broken up into two amounts: the deposit and the rest of the cost of the trip.


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Are alcohol and drugs allowed?

No, we have a zero-tolerance policy. Alcohol and drugs affect group dynamics, participant safety, the local community, and the university.


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How many people go on each trip?

The number of participants range from 8 -12 including site leaders. Check out our past trips for 2013, 2014, and 2015.


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What are the days of the trip?

Trips are held during spring break (March 18 – March 26). Depending on which site you go on you may be leaving/ returning earlier or later.


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Can I apply to more than one site?

On the application form, you will be able to choose the sites you are interested in applying to in order of preference.


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How do I join AB?

Attend an info-session to learn more about Alternative Breaks experience. Then you need to apply (application closes October 28 at 11:59pm, so hurry!). After we have read applications we will invite you to an interview, to get to know you better.


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How are applicants selected?

Once your application is submitted your application is given a number in order to eliminate bias and base our selection solely on your content. Then, site leaders read your applications and decide whether you will be selected for an interview. After interviews, the AB team deliberates and decides who would be most suitable for each trip.


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What makes AB unique?

AB offers 8 different sites, each of which focuses on a special topic and community. We want to see your passion and interests. If you are pre-health, pre-vet, pre-law, pre-public health, pre-whatever, you will gain great experience. Alternative Breaks has a diverse participant pool that adds to the experience and quality of your trip. Everyone can make a contribution as a Breaker. 


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What effects do these trips have?

In addition to making new friends, participants in past trips have come back and joined new organizations on campus that focus on what they are passionate about.  They have also brought back new ideas to UCLA in order spread awareness about their cause. Some have joined nonprofit organizations around the LA community and began volunteering for them regularly. Other like ourselves, return for even a second and third year as returning volunteers, site leaders, or committee members. 


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Do you have a waitlist? If so, how does it work?

Yes, there will be a waitlist. When a participant cannot make a payment on time or an emergency occurs in which they can no longer go to the AB trip, we will email the next person on the waitlist.


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What is the time commitment?

All accepted participants must attend the orientation session on Monday, November 23rd. During the Winter Quarter, there are meetings that you are required to attend. The objectives of these meetings are 1) to learn more about the issues focused on the trip and 2) to meet the group of people who will also be going on the trip with you.


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Can I apply if I have gone on an alternative breaks trip before?

Yes, you can apply to go another alternative breaks trip. APPLY HERE


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Can I apply even if I’m a fourth year?

Yes, we look for passionate individuals who want to work towards the cause at each site. We do not distinguish between which year you are because we want to make sure each participant can gain a lot from their trip and can contribute their own experiences and knowledge. Nothing is stopping you now, click here to apply!


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What does a typical day look like?

Each site has a different timeline for the week. Generally, groups work with a few organizations throughout the week. Each day, they may work with one or two organizations. There will be free time, where the entire group will have options to explore their community. During the night, the team will reflect on their experiences and discuss the impact they had and what they can do. 


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If I’m studying abroad, can I still apply?

If you are studying abroad in the Fall, you can still apply since our application is online. If you are selected for an interview, we will video interview you. Short answer YES, apply now!


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What if I live close to the site location? Do I need to be with my group for the entire trip?

You need to be with your group at all times because we want to make sure you not only learn about each other on the trip but also create new experiences together. 

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