Caltech Y – Costa Rica - Alternative Spring Break Trip 2018

Applications are due Wednesday, November 22nd at noon

The Caltech Y is seeking applicants for our 2018 Alternative Spring Break trip.  Join other Caltech Students for an adventure on one of our non-traditional spring break experiences in Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica.  The trip will include opportunities for volunteer work as well as relaxation and adventure… not to mention making new friends with other Caltech students.  Don’t miss out on this fantastic opportunity to explore a new place, have fun, and make a tangible difference in the world.


The Caltech Y Alternative Spring Break Program is designed to place Caltech students, faculty and staff in various communities to engage in volunteer service and experiential learning. Participants gain a broader understanding of the world around them while at the same time making a tangible difference in the community.


  • ASB trips focus on service and education in addition to fun

  • ASB are group/team trips – most, if not all, of the trip is spent with the group

  • Food and lodgings are for the most part rough / rustic – no hotels of fine dining… hostels or camping, with meals often prepared by the group.

  • Costs include your transportation, lodging, and most food.  Added costs for food while traveling, travel documents and insurance, optional outings, and personal spending may be incurred.

    * Participant fees are subsidized, however additional assistance may be still be available for those with a financial
      hardship. Additional funding should not be individually sought on campus without prior consent from the Caltech Y. 

Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica

Saturday, March 17th, through Sunday, March 25th - $950

On the Costa Rica trip we will be working with a host organization Osa Conservation - dedicated to conserve the globally significant terrestrial and marine biological diversity of the Osa Peninsula by implementing ecosystem stewardship, enhancing scientific understanding, providing education and training, and creating sustainable economic opportunities.

Don't miss this opportunity!

The Caltech Y Alternative Spring Break trips have been subsidized and made possible thanks to generous funding from the Frank and Elsie Stefanko Fund, the George Housner Fund, Caltech Student Affairs, and the Caltech Y.  Questions may be directed to us by email at or phone (626.395.6163) or in person at the Caltech Y (505 South Wilson – next to the Caltech Employees Federal Credit Union).

Applications (due Wednesday, November 22nd at noon) are available here:   Download PDF

Please download and complete the PDF Alternative Spring Break Application, then save it as ASB.yourname.PDF (for example ASB.Fletcher.PDF) and send it, along with a word document containing your responses to the questions in the application, to electronically.  Applicants will be notified by late November and will be asked to come in and make payment by early December to confirm their spot on the trip.