All college students look forward to spring break, and many are already packing their towels and sunscreen for some fun in the sun. But it might be time to think beyond the traditional trips, as spring break is also an opportunity to learn, grow, and even do some good. So before you book that beach trip, consider these alternatives to the traditional spring break.
Basically a super short internship, an externship is brief and can last anywhere from a day to a month. It can be a great opportunity to “shadow” someone for the week and learn about what they do. It’s also a great way to build connections and could lead to a more formal internship (or even a potential job).
Help Habitat For Humanity
Want to spend time outside in the sun, but also help out families in need? Work with Habitat For Humanity to build a home for someone who needs it. You’ll not only come back from break feeling great about doing good, you’ll also learn practical building skills.
Want to visit Fiji, Jamaica, or Belize on Spring Break? From building homes to taking care of kids to public health to international development, Projects Abroad offers some excellent alternatives where you can do social good — but still have a bit of time at the beach!
Language Immersion Trips
Want a better shot of getting a great job out of college? Learn another language! Xperitas offers trips abroad where you can spend a week learning Spanish, French, German, and Mandarin Chinese. What a great skill to boost to your resumé!
Don’t want to spend a lot of money on a trip but still want to make a difference? You can find excellent opportunities to help out local organizations either around your campus or back home at your parents. VolunteerMatch is a great resource for finding places that need volunteers!
As you can see, there are many great ways to spend your spring break that help the world become a better place. This year, try making a difference.
The League team headed to the Georgetown Bookstore in Washington, DC at Georgetown University. There they enjoyed working with the bookstore’s team to create a beautifully designed space that highlights League products to show off HOYA pride!
League strives to create styles that go beyond looking good: they do good, and help make our employees lives better. We are committed to making a difference. There are 500 employees at our ethically-run, company owned factory in El Salvador where treating workers with dignity and respect is at the core of what we do. We’d like to introduce you to Karla Campos, one of our team members at League Central America.
Karla joined League in 2012. “I had only ever completed my first year of high school before I started working as a sewing operator at many different factories. I couldn’t imagine continuing my career only as an operator and I always had hopes and goals of finding better work.”
She’s been happy working for LCA. “Coming to League was the best thing that could have ever happened in my life.” She was thrilled to be able to take advantage of League’s education programs. “They offered me a new opportunity of work and provided me the opportunity to finish my high school degree. No other factory in El Salvador provides opportunities like this.”
She is inspired by her family. “I am a single mother of 3 children, ages 7, 14, and 15. They incentivize me to continue pushing forward and show them that there are always opportunities in life and God will guide them.”
Karla has become quite the inspiration herself. “I am finishing my second year in my University technical degree in Biomedical Engineering. Now that I am studying and completing my degree, I think that everyone can do the same!”
We love having Karla on our team, and can’t wait to see what she does next!