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Alternative Spring Break 2019: Beyond the Border

Saturday, March 23, 2019 to 12:00am

Tijuana, Mexico

What are Alternative Breaks? Alternative Breaks are immersive service-learning experiences that occur over academic breaks each year. Participants travel both domestically and internationally as a small cohort to work with nonprofits on service projects that meet the real-life needs of the local community. Throughout the week the cohort will live and work together while participating in daily reflections, including discussion of root causes and establishing a shared vision of positive social change.

Who are we working with? Border Encuentro strives to build connections across borders[WIfLD1] . Participants will have the opportunity to volunteer at the Binational Friendship Garden (garden is half in the US, half in Mexico – families who have been separated gather here to talk through the wall), attend the inauguration of a new telescope that allows individuals to communication via sign language across the wall, attend local music festivals, tour the border wall, and meet Tijuana locals. Participants will stay in Tijuana, and cross into San Diego once during their trip.


Price: $1,500

Dates: March 23-30, 2019

Location: San Diego, CA and Tijuana, Mexico

Group Size: 12 – 18 participants


  • Team Retreat (one of the following dates): February 16th, 17th, 23rd or 24th, 2019
  • Pre-Departure Orientation: March 23th, 2019

Service Project: Service projects include gardening work, composting, art projects, community education, community outreach, preparing for/attending cultural events, and more.


Trip Consideration: Valid passport required for all trip participants

Learn more about the Friendship Garden here:


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