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Come with the Dashew Center for a mid-quarter retreat to the desert paradise of Palm Springs! Enjoy relaxing by the pool in the The Saguaro Hotel, the instagrammed hotel in Palm Springs! Hike with us through the desert landscape of Joshua Tree National Park and relax as we stargaze out in the wilderness! And finally, enjoy an exhilarating ride on the Palm Springs Tram up Mt. San Jacinto for gorgeous views of the valley! 

This short weekend trip is a perfect opportunity to escape from your classes and papers, while providing you a chance to make new connections in a beautiful location just hours from Los Angeles! 

This Travel*Mate trip includes: 

  • 1 night accommodation at the Saguaro Hotel
  • Pool time
  • Hike in Joshua Tree, with night of stargazing
  • Tram ride up Mt. San Jacinto and hike
  • Most meals
  • Round trip transportation from UCLA

Registration starts Friday, February 16th with tickets starting at only $150 for Regular Registration! 

To Purchase your ticket:

Please create a Dashew Center account and then send an email to with the following information:

  1. Name (First and Last)
  2. Nickname (name you would like for your name tag)
  3. Gender
  4. UCLA student ID Number
  5. Email Address (one you check regularly) 
  6. Food Allergies and Restrictions (e.g. Vegetarian)
  7. Home Country
  8. Cell Phone Number 
  9. Any additional information

After receiving the above information we will contact you in regards to payment.  

Travel*Mate Rules and Regulations: Please take a look at the Rules and Regulations prior to purchasing your ticket.


Pre-Trip Meeting: The Pre-Trip meeting will be held on May 1st from 7 PM - 8:30 PM in Bradley Hall. At this meeting you will receive all of the important information you will need regarding the trip (e.g. itinerary, packing list, meet your Travel*Mate, fill out medical forms, waivers, etc.).

It is Mandatory to attend the in-person meetingFailure to attend will result in a $50 fee, that must be paid in order to attend the trip.  

When: May 12, 2018 8:00 AM ~ May 13, 2018 5:00 PM
Where: Palm Springs and Joshua Tree
Audience: Faculty/Staff
General public
Dashew Members

Cost: $150.00 Regular Registration (Feb 16 - March 23)
$175.00 Late Registration (March 24 - April 13)
Registration: February 16, 2018 ~ April 13, 2018
What Students Say
Dear Jennie,

It is Thanksgiving Day today. Thank you for your great work at the international student center! Those great programs and events colored my life in UCLA. Thank you for bring us to Solvang trip, football and basketball game! Thank you for offering those free tickets to palys and concerts, free food:)! Thank you for so many other great things! Thank you for being a cheerful and helpful friend! My stay in the US wouldn't be that wonderful without you!

Happy Thanksgiving and have a great holiday season!
Hugs, Wei
Dear Mr. Ericksen:

First I'd like to thank you for directing such an amazing place as Dashew Center, I as an international student appreciate all your work and programs. I'm writing you to give you some feedback about the trip to Yosemite. This was the best trip ever, I'm really glad you are looking into new directions to integrate international students and this trip has been my best experience at UCLA (I'm starting my third year as a graduate student). Jennie and all her staff organized perfectly this trip. The hotel was good as well as all the activites they programmed. My expectations were completely overcome by their work. Not only we had an amazing time, they always tried to integrate everyone to form one group. We worked as a team and now I think that all of us will never forget this three lovely persons that made this trip a reallity. Thank you very much.

Mauricio Comas-Garcia