» 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.

Participant Registration

Participant Registration

Participant registration for Spring 2020 trips is now closed.  For more information about the program, or to be placed on an interest list for future trips, email civic@chapman.edu.

Environmental Conservation in the Grand Canyon (March 22-28, 2020)

horseshoe bend in the Grand Canyon, lakes and canyon pictured

Conservation in the Grand Canyon

  • Trip Date: March 22nd - 28th, 2020
  • Deposit: $100
  • Total with deposit: $109.33 - $150

  • Itinerary Summary:

    Day 1 - Sunday March 22nd

    Leave Chapman University
    Chapman van arrives at the GC housing
    Meet with Ranger Todd

    Day 2 - Monday, March 23rd
    Service work with Grand Canyon Park
    Services Conservation Education Session (Composting Operation)
    Free time (evening)

    Day 3 - Tuesday, March 24th
    Service work with Grand Canyon Park Facilities
    Informational session on internship and employment opportunities
    Free time (evening)

    Day 4 - Wednesday, March 25th
    Meeting with Deputy Superintendent
    Tour of Kolb Studio
    Free day

    Day 5 - Thursday, March 26th
    Service work with Facilities
    Celebration ceremony

    Day 6 - Friday, March 27th
    Service work with Facilities
    Last night activities  

    Day 7 - Saturday, March 28th
    Chapman van departs for Chapman University

Social Justice Tour in San Francisco (March 24-28,2020)

Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.

Social Justice Tour in San Francisco

  • Trip Date: March 24th - 28th, 2020
  • Total with deposit: $450.17 - $620

  • Itinerary Summary:

    Day 1
     - Tuesday, March 24th
    Chapman van leaves Chapman University
    Chapman van arrives in the Bay area and checks into accommodation
    Team building dinner

    Day 2 - Wednesday, March 25th
    LGBTQ Castro walking tour
    Lunch in Mission district
    GLBT museum
    Explore and picnic dinner at Dolores Park
    Team building and facilitated discussion

    Day 3 - Thursday, March 26th
    Chinese Historical Society of America - examining Inequality workshop
    Lunch in Chinatown
    Chinatown tour
    Dinner and debrief
    Asian Art Museum Art: Art and Culture night

    Day 4 - Friday, March 27th
    Museum of African diaspora
    MLK Memorial
    Contemporary Jewish Museum Tour
    Coffee and discussion
    Free time
    Dinner

    Day 5 - Saturday, March 28th
    Trip reflection & debrief
    Last lunch
    Chapman van departs for Chapman University

Environmental Conservation in Joshua Tree (March 23-26, 2020)

Joshua Tree desert landscape, trees on a desert landscape

Environmental Conservation in Joshua Tree 

  • Trip date: March 23rd -26th.
  • Trip fee: $316 - $360

  • Itinerary Summary:


    Day 1 - Monday, March 23rd
    Leave Chapman University
    Chapman van arrives at campground at Joshua Tree National Park
    Geology Course with Desert Institute
    Dinner and group activities
    Free time (evening)

    Day 2 - Tuesday, March 24th
    Half-day Wonderland Hike with Desert Institute
    Dinner and group activities
    Free time (evening)

    Day 3 - Wednesday, March 25th
    Half-day Service project with Joshua Tree National Park (Vegetation Team)
    Dinner Evening Hike / Free time

    Day 4 - Thursday, March 26th
    Art Exhibition Visit
    Depart for Downtown Palm Springs
    Free time/Lunch in town
    Chapman van departs for Chapman University