Alternative Spring Break
Cesar Chavez Community Action Center :: Alternative Spring Break


Oaxaca, Mexico 2017

Future trips to Oaxaca TBA.

To watch ASB 2016 video, click here.
To view ASB 2017 photos, click here.
To view ASB 2017 article, click here.

2017 Alternative “Summer” Break Application

IMPORTANT Announcements

  • The dates for the Oaxaca trip have changed from March 24-31 to May 28-June 4, 2017.
  • In 2017, the trip shall be known as the Alternative “Summer” Break.
  • Deadline to apply has been extended to Friday, December 2, 2016.

Questions? Contact Diana Victa, (408)924-4143, diana.victa@sjsu.,edu or visit CCCAC in the Student Union (Suite 1550).

Thank you for your interest in the A.S. Alternative “Summer” Break (ASB) program! A.S. sends SJSU students on domestic and international service trips. The program exposes students to diversity, cultural immersion, and political and economic differences in the global community. In 2017, student participants will engage in the 12th Annual Intercambio between San Jose State and the families of the Ecoalebrijes Association in Oaxaca, Mexico. Tentative dates for the trip are from May 28 to June 4, 2017. Students selected for the trip will be required to make an expected travel contribution of $950, paid in monthly installments between December 2016 and May 2017, due in full before travel. ASB is funded in part by the A.S. Cesar E. Chavez Community Action Center and coordinated in partnership with Dr. Kathleen Roe, SJSU Health Science and Recreation.

Deadline to apply is Friday, December 2, 2016.

Our Mission
Alternative Spring Break (ASB) sends SJSU student teams on domestic and international service trips during spring break. Students work side by side with local residents on grassroots projects to address critical, unmet needs. The Alternative Spring Break (ASB) Program exposes SJSU students to diversity, cultural immersion, and political and economic differences in the global community.

A Collaborative Effort
The San Jose State University Alternative Spring Break Program is a unique partnership between A.S. Cesar E. Chavez Community Action Center, Student Involvement and the SJSU Health Science and Recreation.


During ASB 2017, we will work with the Ecoalebrijes Artisan Association of Arrazola, Oaxaca, Mexico to contribute to community-driven projects to create a sustainable economy through art, community education, and environmental stewardship. To learn more about the program, click here.

DAY 1: Meet at San Francisco Airport and Depart to Oaxaca.
DAY 2: Opening Ceremony of Intercambio and get-together with Host families.
DAY 3: Hike to Monte Alban and explore ancient Zapotec civilization ruins.
DAY 4: Health education presentations at the local school and conversations with local leaders.
DAY 5: Visit health services progressive community based health social services and agencies.
DAY 6: Collaboration with local health departments to host Health Fair for over 300 local families in the town of Arrazola.
DAY 7: Day of Service consisting of reforestation with the Ecoalebrije Artisan Association. Closing ceremony with host families and exhibition of Ecoalbrijes.
DAY 8: Breakfast with host families and departure of Oaxaca to San Francisco.

ASB Objectives
1) Service: SJSU students volunteer their time and services, working shoulder to shoulder in community-driven projects.
2) Education: Speakers, workshops, and reading material help students explore and understand the politics, economics, history, and social issues facing particular communities.
3) Culture: Students travel throughout the country and throughout the world, exposing themselves to various customs, languages, cultures, and ways of life.

Q: What is the purpose of ASB?
A: The mission of Alternative Spring Break is to give trip participants the opportunity to examine the dimensions and urgency of social issues through direct service and immersion.

Q: How do I apply for the 2017 Alternative Spring Break?
A: The ASB applications are due on Friday, December 2, 2016! Go to the application to get started.

Q: When will ASB begin/end?
A: ASB will take place during Spring Break. The trip dates are May 28 to June 4, 2017. Participants must travel with the group and participate in all activities throughout the 8 days.

Q: Are there any prerequisites for applying to ASB?
A: No. All matriculated SJSU students are eligible to apply; there is no prerequisite of earlier public service.

Q: How many people are selected for ASB?
A: The number of students selected for each trip will vary. On average, we select 25 students per trip.

Q: I went on the ASB Intercambio trip once before. Can I apply for 2017?
A: Yes. The community we work with values the relationships that develop during the week and welcome return delegates. However, your application will be considered with the current applicant pool and its diversity of interests, skills, and experiences.

Q: I really want to go on ASB but I won't be able to be there for the entire trip. Am I still eligible to apply?
A: Students who are unable to participate for the duration of the trip are ineligible to apply.

Q: I am concerned about the cost of ASB. Does ASB offer financial aid for participants?
A: ASB will work hard to ensure that finances are not a deterring factor for participants. Participants will have the opportunity to raise money to cover expenses. We will offer a limited number of travel scholarships. However students will still be responsible for the remaining costs.