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Make a Difference: Alternative Spring Break Ideas

Giving back over spring break can be one of the most rewarding and memorable experiences of a student’s life.

Elizabeth Hoyt

February 07, 2017

Make a Difference: Alternative Spring Break Ideas
While some look at spring break as a time to party, other view the downtime as a potential opportunity for other alternatives, like volunteering the time to benefit a cause. Whether you’re considering alternatives locally or an alternative spring break trip, there are plenty of options for students to get their hands dirty and make a difference. Interested in making a difference this year? Giving back over spring break can be one of the most rewarding and memorable experiences of a student’s life.

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If you think this is something you might like to consider, here are some suggestions of how can you make a real difference over your spring break:

Alternative Spring Break Trips

You can find alternative spring break trips through your school or through other charitable organizations. You’ll get to travel and impact the lives of others in positive ways. That’s what we call a win-win, folks.

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Here are some popular alternative spring break programs for students: • United Way - Alternative Spring Break
Habitat for Humanity – Collegiate Challenge

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Projects Abroad – Alternative Spring Break Trips
Break A Difference (B.A.D)


By “donate,” we’re not referring to funds (though that’s great, too). What we really mean is donating your time and efforts to a cause you care about. You can organize fundraisers, drives and other events to help make a difference without spending a cent of your own dough (which you’ll likely need for tuition payments).

Advocate for a Cause

Speak out about causes you’re passionate about! Educate others on your cause and how they can help make a difference. People often care, but don’t know what they can do to help. This spring break, take on the task of becoming the link between the two.

Volunteer Locally

You don’t need to travel abroad to make a difference – most charitable organizations are constantly in need of reliable and hard-working volunteers. Find a cause that suits you and contact them, asking where you might be able to help. Make sure you let them know if you have talents they will find valuable – they won’t know unless you speak up!

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