Students looking for a range of opportunities to do service learning in Oakland, where There There is set, or in other Bay Area communities should check out the Public Service Center's website, or visit the Center at 218 Eshleman Hall. One opportunity that is related specifically to the local Native American population is the Alternative Spring Break "We're Still Here: Global Native/Indigenous Resistance, described here by its student leaders: 

"One our main objectives is to preserve our long term relationship with the Campo Kumeyaay Nation. We recognize that the roots of this trip was created 13 years ago by a Cal student who is a member from the Campo Kumeyaay Nation, so we hope to continue honoring this trip. This trip aims to teach participants about Native American/Indigenous issues around the globe, including the Ohlone peoples of this area. We want participants to recognize their privileges as well as to be aware of the struggles Indigenous and Native peoples endure. Participants will also learn about the colonial history of the United States and how it affects the way Indigenous/Native peoples are perceived by society and pop culture. During the Spring Break trip we will be residing in the Campo Kumeyaay Nation, where participants will visit various resources the reservation has that serve their community such as their Environmental Protection Agency and Education Center; there are some sites where we will be assisting in various tasks they want us to do. Along with learning about the struggles they face till this day due to colonization, we will have the honor of learning about Kumeyaay culture and how they continue resisting."

 A few things to note about Alternative Spring Breaks:

  • Trips occur every spring break. 
  • Students who are interested in participating in a trip apply in the Fall semester, usually participant applications are open in September and close in early October. Students can find apps on the Alternative Breaks page (https://publicservice.berkeley.edu/programs/alternative-breaks) under the "Online Application" section. Students find out if they are selected in mid to late October. 
  • In the spring semester, all selected participants must enroll in a DeCal course, which is facilitated by their trip leaders. Through the DeCal course, students gain insight into the social issues related to their trips and learn about the community partners they will be working with during spring break. After they return from their trips, students return to their DeCal courses for debrief and deeper reflection on how to continue to serve as allies/advocates for their particular social issue.

 There are also many volunteer opportunities available at the Intertribal Friendship House (established in 1955) in Oakland. If you are interested in volunteering there, whether to help organize events, make light repairs, stuff envelopes, work in the garden, etc. fill in and submit this form.