Debating on how to spend your spring break this year? Instead of heading home for break, or taking that coveted vacation with your friends, perhaps you should look into an alternative spring break option!
What is an alternative spring break?
Alternative Spring Break is a trip where a group of college kids engage in some type of volunteer service for about a week or so.
If you're wanting more from your spring break experience, then this could be the route for you, as these types of trips provide for both meaningful and fun experiences (and some might even buff up your resume!). Take a look at our top 8 alternative spring break ideas for 2017!
1. Washington, D.C.
Get a history lesson, or participate in a march on civil right issues. This alternative options allows you to be a part and make an impact in our country.
2. New Orleans, LA
Venture down south and put yourself to work when heading out for an alternative spring break in New Orleans. Youth Rebuilding New Orleans is a great place to start when it comes to finding meaningful and rewarding work experience!
3. Yellowstone National Park
Want to enjoy your break admiring some of the natural beauties that Mother Earth has provided? Then help preserve one of the nations largest national parks and volunteer for various parks & recreation facilities throughout.
4. Costa Rica
This destination offers a wide range of volunteer projects. Just to name a few: Childcare & Teaching English and Turtle Conservation & Eco-Agriculture Conservation. I you enjoy being in the outdoors surrounded by nature and wildlife, this could be the spot for you!
Talk about a destination with tons to offer; Guatemala has the ability to provide you with a meaningful volunteer experience while also giving you an authentic culture to be immersed within.
6. Lima, Peru
Interested in making a direct impact on someone's life? Lima provides several projects such as Teaching English, Medical, Special Needs and Construction and Renovation. Gain unique insight into Peruvian culture while volunteering in the local community during this alternative spring break.
Want to head across the pond? Then hop on over to Portugal! Programs in Portugal offer a great mix of cuisine, culture and some fun volunteer work. Plus, it is a great opportunity to explore Europe and make the most of this break.
8. Cape Town, South Africa
Was Portugal not far enough? Venture down to Cape Town for an unforgettable South African experience. This destination offers several volunteer project options including: Surf Outreach, Sports Development, Computer Training and Teaching & Childcare.
Interested in planning your alternative spring break? Check out these available resources:
- International Volunteer Headquarters