Alternative Spring Break Trips

March 4, 2015

Looking for a meaningful way to spend spring break? Check out some of these Alternative Spring Break Trips for university students from Projects

If you’re one of the college students across the United States who can’t wait for spring break but who want to do something meaningful rather than just bask on the beach, Projects Abroad is still accepting last-minute applications for their Alternative Spring Break Trips.

“Our Alternative Spring Break Trips offer a range of opportunities for college students looking to make an impact in their week long break,” says Tom Pastorius, Head of Global Recruitment for Projects Abroad. “Instead of traveling to a beach in Florida to work on their tan, a student can contribute by volunteering at a turtle camp on a beach in Mexico, helping to protect endangered Olive Ridley turtles from predators and poachers. From supporting children in care centers and orphanages, to participating in medical outreaches for impoverished communities, students are sure to find a spring break volunteer program to fit their personal goals and interests.”

Alternative Spring Break Trips take place over one week and most take place in easy to reach destinations. And, food and accommodations are included.

Here is a sampling of the Alternative Spring Break Trips available:

Care in Costa Rica

March 15 – 21
March 22 – 28

Based in the vibrant town of Heredia, volunteers contribute by helping local staff at a care center give children individual attention, organizing educational activities and games, and doing vital renovation work at the center. This program is a great option for students majoring in Social Work, Child Development, or Education or anyone who enjoys working with children.

Building in Jamaicavolunteer-construction-jamaica

March 8 – March 14
March 15 – 21

Projects Abroad is working to reduce the number of pit toilets in elementary schools in the parish of Manchester and ensure that they all have running water. You can support this worthwhile project by digging foundations, mixing mortar, digging pits, laying blocks, and carrying sand, cement, water, and stones. No construction experience is required, just a desire to work hard and lend a hand where it is needed.

Public Health in Mexico

March 8th – 14
March 15 – 21
March 22 – 28

In Guadalajara, Mexico, volunteers will work in poverty-stricken urban areas, including schools and orphanages, and participate in medical outreach work and public health campaigns alongside qualified doctors and nurses. This trip is ideal for pre-med students and those studying healthcare fields.

For more information about Alternative Spring Break Trips and how to sign up, visit

About Projects Abroad
Projects Abroad was founded in 1992 by Dr. Peter Slowe, a geography professor, as a program for students to travel and work while on break from full-time study. A global leader in short-term international volunteer programs, Projects Abroad has  projects in 27 countries and recruitment offices in the UK, Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Holland, Hong Kong, Norway, Poland, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden, and the United States.

Photos courtesy of Projects Abroad.