Alternative Spring Breaks

The Center for Service Programs has offered USC students the opportunity to explore numerous issues and problems across the U.S. since 1992, when we began to take students to the Navajo Nation in Utah. Since then, we have built long-lasting partnerships with governmental, non-profit and community organizations throughout the country.

We also offer opportunities for international service; last spring students traveled Isla Mujeres (ASB Isla) to continue our work with the effects of ecotourism; and Guatemala (ASB Guatemala) to continue our work with an elementary school. During Spring 2015, we volunteered with organizations addressing issues of homelessness, environmental conservation, health care disparities, cultural preservation, and juvenile justice reform. Please read the descriptions below to check out our trips for 2015-2016.

For questions about the Alternative Spring Break Program or any of the AB Trips below, email us at


AWB Tahiti is accepting applicants!
Tahiti is included within the general AB Application For All Trips to make it easy and simple!

A large number of students have emailed about missing the Alternative Breaks Application Deadline.
Due to popular demand, we are leaving the application open for one more week! However some trips are already well beyond their capacity so it will be first come first serve basis! Apply soon before your trip is no longer available!

Alternative Breaks at USCASB Blurbs

So You Want An Internship?

  • Location: LVL 17 (the basement auditorium in Leavey Library)
  • Time: 6:00 pm
  • Speakers: Octavio Avila, Alexis Dale-Huang, Matt Woo, Larkin Wynn, and James Luttrull

On Wednesday, September 23rd, Dean Lamy’s Students Achieving Success workshop series will prepare you for just that! Octavio Avila, Dornsife’s Student Services Manager, and a panel of current students will candidly discuss how to get the best possible summer or semester-long internship while still in school. Our student guest speakers have worked both in Los Angeles and in Washington, D.C., and for both public and private-sector organizations, so there will be a variety of perspectives and experiences available for anyone interested in obtaining an internship.

Teach preschool children with Jumpstart — Earn Work-Study and a $1,200 scholarship! Apply TODAY!

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Jumpstart Corps members serve preschool children in low-income neighborhoods – those who need a “jumpstart” the most – teaching them the vital language and literacy skills they need to succeed in kindergarten and beyond. We invite you to join our 2015-16 corps, and make a difference in your community by serving its youngest leaders and learners!

Info Sessions in TCC 410:

-Thurs., 8/27 from 6-7pm

-Wed., 9/2 from 5-6pm

-Fri., 9/4 from 12-1pm

Space is limited, so don’t wait for the info sessions to apply! Apply TODAY at! Please email us with any questions or visit our [] facebook page for more information!

Serve in local preschool classrooms! Earn Work-Study and a $1190 Scholarship

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Jumpstart is a national non-profit organization committed to closing the achievement gap by providing high quality language and literacy education to preschool students in low-income communities. USC students are trained as teachers and reading partners, and spend 8-12 hours a week in team settings to implement a rich curriculum and engage local families and community leaders to invest in early childhood education. They earn work study as well as a $1190 Americorps scholarship.

Apply now for the 2015-16 school year at, or email with any questions! Spring 2015 and Summer applicants will receive priority consideration for employment.

USC Red Cross Spring 2015 Blood Drive

USC Red Cross is holding our Spring 2015 Blood Drive from March 2 to March 6. We highly encourage students, faculty, and staff to come out and donate blood, especially in light of donation shortages due to the storms in the East Coast. Making an appointment is very simple and takes less than a minute; just follow this link and choose a date/time + add contact information so we can send you an appointment reminder! (

More information can be found on our Facebook event page (

People who donate blood will be able to pick up free Yogurtland between 11AM and 5:15 PM on Friday the 6th.

French Language Volunteers Needed for the Special Olympics World Games

“With 7,000 athletes and 3,000 coaches representing 177 countries, along with 30,000 volunteers and an anticipated 500,000 spectators, the 2015 Special Olympics World Games – being staged in Los Angeles the summer of 2015 – will be the single biggest event in Los Angeles since the 1984 Olympic Games and the largest sports and humanitarian event in the world in 2015. That being said, nous avons besoin de bénévoles qui parlent français et qui sont disponibles pendant les “Special Olympics World Games,” entre le 20 Juillet et le 4 Août.

A Delegation Liaison (DL) is a critical position that requires you to be at least 20 years of age and have strong language skills (English plus French). A DL will need to be available around the clock from July 20 – August 4, 2015 to help bridge the gap between delegations and event staff and to help enhance the delegation’s experience at the World Games. What’s in it for you? You will be making a significant impact in the lives of the Special Olympics athletes coming to the Games. You also will be participating in the organization of a once-in-a-lifetime event, which makes for a GREAT resume item.

To apply to become a volunteer for Delegation Services for the Special Olympics World Games, please reply to using the subject line ’French Delegation Liaison’. There are plenty of other roles for volunteers with language skills; for more information about the other opportunities, visit”

Join the Volunteers of Special Olympics World Games on Facebook by clicking here!

French Language Volunteers Needed for the Special Olympics World Games

Volunteer Over Summer in Africa or Peru

Want to volunteer & travel to Lima or Tanzania this summer?

Then come to one of USC MEDLIFE‘s ( two info sessions this upcoming week!

**This trip is welcome to all majors!**

We will tell you all about what it means to be a member of Medlife and how to get involved. Applications for our summer brigades to Tanzania & Peru will be opening up shortly so this is a great way to get informed!

We are having info sessions at these times meeting at @ VKC 100:

  • Monday, 1/26 @ 9 P.M.
  • Thursday, 1/29 @ 9 P.M. 

Please feel free to visit our chapter’s page USC Medlife to learn more about us! We look forward to seeing you all!