Alternative Breaks @ UCSD was founded in 2005 by student leaders Melissa Higgins and Chapin Cole, initially starting with only 1 service-learning trip to Tijuana in partnership with the Cross Cultural Center. Since then, the program has grown tremendously thanks to the dedication, leadership, and passion of our past and present student leaders. Today, Alternative Breaks supports over a dozen service-learning trips per year, each focusing on a unique set of social justice issues and a strong, impactful service component.
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