Alternative Spring Breaks Encourage Giving Back

Alternative Spring Breaks Encourage Giving Back

Students Volunteer, Not Party

March is here, which means that college spring break is not far behind. In fact, some students are enjoying their spring break this week, while other students will be fleeing campus for somewhere warmer in the weeks to come. College spring break is synonymous with beaches and booze. Students head to beaches, hop aboard a cruise to hit the high seas, or even travel internationally (perhaps in an effort to find a spot with a lower drinking age). However, spring break isn’t party time for all college students. Some students opt to give back during their time away from campus instead.

Alternative spring breaks let students travel and enjoy a break from classes, but they don’t involve heavy partying, sunburns, or serious hangovers. Students travel in groups to communities that need help, and they team up with reputable volunteer organizations like the United Way to give back. Right now, students participating in United Way’s alternative spring break are teaming up at sites across the country to build houses. Similar programs across the country exist, and many colleges and universities sponsor alternative spring break trips for its students. For example, the University of Florida’s Hillel group is sending students to Jamaica, El Salvador, and even as far as Israel for volunteer missions during the school’s 2012 spring break.

Not every spring break is about partying, tanning, and having a little too much fun. Alternative spring breaks are a rewarding way to spend your week away from campus. Plus, your efforts will be an impressive addition to that graduate school application or resume.