Alternative Spring Break Trips


Alternative Spring Break: Volunteer Travel

The American ritual known as spring break has evolved from a sprawling beach party into a chance for students to do some good. The opportunities to contribute are numerous and wide-ranging. You can volunteer in a low-income school, help out on an archaeological dig, or work for a crucial environmental cause. This guide to alternative spring break presents organizations focused on volunteer travel, along with recently published articles on the topic, so you’ll be equipped to find a cause and project that suit your own unique interests and talents.

Why Volunteer?

If you remember your last spring break as a blur of crowded beaches, overpriced meals, and bad ... read more »

Alternative Spring Break Trips

The length of your break, the location of your trip, your budget, and work preferences are a handful of considerations you need to make during the planning phase of your vacation. The sites below provide a voluntourism introduction, with tips on how to make your trip a reality.

Dulcinea's Insight

  • First-hand accounts of volunteer experiences offer unexpected ideas for incorporating volunteering into your vacation.
  • Most newspaper and magazine articles on the topic of volunteer travel focus on international efforts, but there are plenty of opportunities to volunteer domestically.
  • Your trip planning will revolve around which type of organization you volunteer with. Some companies offer all-inclusive packages with transportation and accommodation. Others allow for more free time, or may require additional planning on your part.

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Volunteer Tourism Organizations

Before your alternative spring break dreams can come to fruition, you might want some help from a ... read more »


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Spring Break Safety

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