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9th Annual CSULB Alternative Spring Break

In the Spring of 2006 inspired by the vision of students from the American Marketing Association, CSULB students, staff and faculty answered the call to assist with efforts to rebuild the thousands of houses in the Gulf region affected by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.  Now in its eight year, this year’s Alternative Spring Break team will travel to the New Orleans, LA area to continue in the rebuilding efforts.  Our trip will be hosted by Habitat for Humanity.  Since rebuilding efforts are ongoing, we may not know the specifics of our tasks until we arrive at the Habitat for Humanity volunteer distribution center.

We will depart the Beach for the Bayou on Sunday, March 30, 2014 and return on Saturday, April 5, 2014.  The cost to students selected to participate will be $275.  This will cover all necessary expenses (i.e. air and ground transportation, lodging, and most meals). 


All students selected to participate in Alternative Spring Break 2014 will be required to enroll in the Service Learning class University 300I (fulfills the G.E. Capstone1; D2 Human Diversity requirements).

Course Description

  • University 300I Special Topics: Politics of Disaster
  • Professor: Dr. Tim Caron: Tuesday/Thursday 11:00 - 12:30 PM

The course will examine one of the most important events of our lives: Hurricane Katrina and its impact upon the Gulf Coast and the rest of the nation, with a particular emphasis upon the city of New Orleans. Members of this learning community will acquire a complex understanding of Hurricane Katrina not just as a severe meteorological event but as an event with very real implications for what is arguably the most unique city in America.

Application - Applications are no longerbeing accepted for Spring 2014 Alternative Spring Break

Applications, Reference Letters, and Waiver form for Alternative Spring Break are available electronically below.

1. Applications must be submitted electronically to Brett Waterfield,, no later that Tuesday, October 22nd at 5:00 PM.

2. Please submit a completed Waiver form to the office of Student Life and Development, USU-215, no later than Tuesday, October 22nd at 5:00 PM.

3. Reference letters may be sent electronically to by the recommenders no later than Tuesday, October 22nd by midnight.

Students will be selected through a competitive process. Those selected will be notified by November 1, 2013.

  • Application
  • Waiver Form
  • Reference Letter
Habitat for Humanity

The CSULB Alternative Spring Break 2013 program will work with Habitat for Humanity New Orleans. This provides opportunities for students to spend a week building a house in partnership with Habitat for Humanity affiliates.

7 Reasons YOU should participate in collegiate Challenge:

  1. Improve your leadership skills
  2. Develop and strengthen friendships
  3. See the impact your work is having in communities
  4. Learn more about poverty housing issues and how you can help
  5. Visit a new area of the country
  6. Affect a global cause by advocating on behalf of poverty housing issues
  7. Help provide a simple, decent affordable place to live for the people in need

What to Expect.

We will start each work day at 7:30AM. We will work until at least 3:00 PM each day. After the safety briefing, you will be assigned to a home/project for the day. You will be working with a Habitat for Humanity member throughout the day. Groups may be separated depending on the project needs at the time. The homes will be in a variety of building stages. Tasks or projects for the day may include: painting, roofing, floor systems, wall raising, siding, caulking, window treatments, among other things. If you have previous experience with a certain skill and wish to utilize it, please inform your Habitat supervisor. However, this does not insure that you will be doing a particular type of work. Volunteers are placed where they are most needed. We recognize that many of our volunteers may have little or no construction experience, and we hope to make this a learning experience for everyone. Experienced Habitat members will guide you in your daily tasks.

Where will we stay.

We will be housed at one of the many volunteer centers in New Orleans, a short distance from the French Quarters. Most meals will be eaten at the volunteer center. Hot breakfast and cold cereals are served in the mornings. You will pack your lunch in the morning to take to the work site. Dinner, New Orleans meals, following the work day will also take place at the volunteer center.  A vegetarian option is available each day.

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