While we cannot recommend immersing yourself in another culture on a service learning trip enough, we also know that we can’t do one as often as we’d like. Participating in an Alternative Weekend is a great way to still give back. Our definition of an alternative weekend is spending a weekend a month devoted to volunteering. This could be with rebuilding a local trail, working a soup kitchen, or walking dogs at the local humane society. We have included some local volunteering pages for San Diego County below, as well as other ideas!