Spring Break Safety

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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 ... read more »

Volunteer Tourism Organizations

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

Flights

Volunteer vacations aren’t always cheap, so you’ll want to save money however possible; ... read more »

Spring Break Safety

There are special considerations to make regarding your health and safety when volunteering abroad. The sites below should quell any pre-trip worries.

Dulcinea's Insight

  • If you plan on volunteering in a country you’ve never been to before, look for an organization with in-country staff; they’ll be better aware of cultural and safety issues.
  • If you’re still determined to spend spring break amid scantily clad coeds on the beach, at least go prepared. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a “Spring Break Guide to Staying Safe and Healthy” for women, with advice that is largely applicable to men as well. Read statistics on binge drinking, advice for staying healthy and active during your break, and how to protect yourself from disease. 

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