Past Trips

Alternative Spring Break 2016

Immigration Studies: San Diego, CA

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Participants on this trip visited the highly trafficked border between San Diego, CA and Tijuana, Mexico to learn about immigrant and refugee populations. The program included visiting immigrant-serving agencies in Tijuana, San Diego, and El Cajon and studying the issues and challenges facing this area. Students had the opportunity to see the border wall, speak to border patrol, drop water in the desert with Border Angels, speak with the Dreamer Moms, and have lunch at the Deported Veteran Support House. In their spare time, students participated in an Escape Room, explored Old Town San Diego, and enjoyed bonfire on the beach.

Habitat for Humanity: Denver, CO

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CMC participated in the Habitat for Humanity’s Collegiate Challenge in Colorado. Participants worked in partnership with the local community to further Habitat for Humanity’s mission for a world where everyone has a decent place to live. This trip involved construction of a new home. The Habitat staff will provided training and on-site support for all participants.Free time included exploring the beautiful Colorado outdoors through hiking, excursions to nearby attractions, and playing in the snow.

Solar Spring Break: San Luis Obispo, CA

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We partnered with Grid Alternatives to offer a Solar Spring Break opportunity in the San Luis Obispo, CA area, along the central coast of California. Solar Spring Break enabled participants to learn about solar energy programs and install solar panels for a local community. Furthermore, participants met with local organizations to learn about harnessing solar energy as a solution to our generation’s energy challenges. Downtime included beach time and hiking in the central coast region.

 

Alternative Spring Break 2015

Innovations in Urban Education: San Francisco, CA

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Urban areas are facing a need to develop innovative solutions to educational challenges. Participants in this group traveled north to San Francisco to visit social enterprises that are addressing these challenges. Students worked alongside partner organizations on service-based projects. They had the opportunity to learn from these organizations, as well as explore the culture and diversity of this amazing city. Participants were housed at the Waller Center adjacent to the Haight-Ashbury District. In their downtime, students visited Fisherman’s Wharf, Coit Tower, and took a mural tour of San Fransisco.

Solar Spring Break: San Diego, CA

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The Center for Civic Engagement partnered with Grid Alternatives to offer a Solar Spring Break opportunity in the San Diego area. Solar Spring Break enabled participants to learn about solar energy programs and install solar panels for a local community. CMC ASB participants also installed solar panels at the La Jolla tribe’s reservation. Furthermore, participants met with local organizations to learn about harnessing solar energy as a solution to our generation’s energy challenges.

 

Alternative Spring Break 2014

South Los Angeles, CA

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This trip was based in South Los Angeles, working at the LA Victory Community Garden. Students worked along community members while examining the economic and demographic shifts in this area’s history and the impacts of those changes. ASB participants were housed at the Rakestraw Center in South LA. There were many opportunities for students to explore this area and learn about the vibrant and diverse, yet often misunderstood community so close to Claremont McKenna College.

Food Justice and Urban Gardening: San Francisco, CA

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Participants in this group traveled north to San Francisco and were housed at the Waller Center adjacent to the Haight-Ashbury District. Students worked with with Education Outside, a non-profit group dedicated to developing green schoolyards in the SF Bay area and utilized outdoor classrooms to teach children about science and environmental sustainability. They also had the opportunity to visit other organizations focused on food justice and environmental education, and to explore the amazing city of San Fransisco.

Alternative Spring Break 2013

South Los Angeles

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This trip was based in South Los Angeles. Students performed community service while examining the economic and demographic shifts in this area’s history and the impacts of those changes. Participants were housed at the Rakestraw Center in South LA, and worked in the surrounding community on a service project. There were many opportunities to explore the area and learn about the vibrant and diverse community so close to our own, yet often misunderstood.

Service in the City: San Francisco, CA

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Participants in this group traveled north to San Francisco and were housed at the Waller Center adjacent to the Haight-Ashbury District. They worked with a variety of community service organizations addressing urban poverty and homelessness, including Glide Foundation. They also had opportunities to talk with civic leaders working to alleviate urban poverty in the Bay Area, including the Tipping Point Foundation.

 

Alternative Spring Break 2012

Appalachia Service Project:  Johnson City, TN

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Participants on this trip worked with the Appalachia Service Project on home repair and improvement for low-income families in Central Appalachia. This organization has been serving the needs of the Appalachia region for more than 40 years. Student participants kept a blog about their experiences. Check it out here!

Sustainable Development: Mastatal, Costa Rica

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The Costa Rican team traveled to Mastatal, a remote village outside Puriscal. There, students were based on a sustainable farm, Villa Mastatal, where they worked in the surrounding community. The trip was focused on environmental preservation, sustainable development, and cultural exchange.

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