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.