» Alternative Break Program

Chapman University’s Alternative Break Program seeks to provide students with an opportunity to work with communities near and far in service and immersion experiences. Civic Engagement Initiatives offers several Alternative Break options with varying levels of direct service, learning, reflection, and immersion.  As participants, students further develop their civic identity and efficacy by sharing experience with, providing insight about, and encouraging deliberation on economic, environmental, and socio-political issues. The Program is committed to being a drug and alcohol-free program.

For more information, email civic@chapman.edu.

Participant Registration

Participant Registration

Participant registration for the Alternative Fall Break experience will open in October 2017.

Participant registration for Alternative Spring Break experiences will open in December 2017.

Homelessness in the OC (Fall 2017)

Homelessness in the OC

The Alternative Fall Break concentrates on the topic of homelessness in Orange County. Participants work with local community organizations to prepare and serve meals, organize donations, support youth enrichment programs, and learn about the realities of homelessness in one of our countries most affluent counties.

Conservation on Santa Cruz Island (Spring 2018)

Conservation on Santa Cruz Island

During the Alternative Spring Break, participants have the opportunity to work with the Channel Islands National Park Service to create a positive impact on the environment of Santa Cruz Island. Participants spend a week on the island working with an ecologist and park staff on sea bird habitat restoration and park conservation.

Conservation in the Grand Canyon (Spring 2018)

Conservation in the Grand Canyon

During the Alternative Spring Break, participants have the opportunity to work with the Grand Canyon National Park. Participants stay in park cabins and work with the Fire Management Program to thin parts of the forest and return it to its natural density while also learning about the cultural, economic, and environmental history of the Grand Canyon.

Homelessness in the Bay Area (Spring 2018)

Homelessness in the Bay Area

During the Alternative Spring Break, participants have the opportunity to deepen their understanding of homelessness in the San Francisco Bay Area. Participants work with community organizations to prepare and serve meals, maintain facilities, support youth enrichment programs and learn about the causes and impacts of homelessness in the area.