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5 Reasons All Students Should Take an Alternative Spring Break

By Jenny Clark 3 years ago

It’s never too early to start thinking about what you want to do this Spring Break!

As you run down the list of ideas of how to spend your several days off, keep in mind that one of these options is an alternative spring break trip. These experiences offer you the opportunity to do something different during your vacation: something meaningful, fun, and productive.

Alternative spring break trips abroad are designed for either high school, or college-aged students, and allow you to learn about another culture, participate on a sustainable volunteer project, and have an in-country adventure. GVI offers alternative spring break projects doing marine conservation in Mexico or community development projects in Costa Rica.

Here are 5 main reasons why you should join an alternative spring break program in 2017


1) It makes you stand out

Whether you’re applying for college, an internship, or for employment, an alternate spring break trip with a quality volunteer organization will make you stand out on your resume. It will give you valuable experience working with others, traveling in another country, and will give you a chance to grow as an individual and a global citizen. You will build your network working with our knowledgeable global colleagues.

2) It is an adventure

It is a fun variety of experiential education. You will learn about a new place, engage in language and cultural exploration, and participate in a number of outdoor/adventure activities. You will visit beautiful, remote areas with our trained professionals, who will guide you through the new terrain.

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3) You will gain practical skills

It will be a positive step for your personal and professional development. You will develop soft skills associated with teamwork, leadership, problem-solving, adaptability, and flexibility. These skills are key for future interviews, either academic or for employment, and are critical to your future professional life.


4) You can get more involved

You will be able to engage with a new culture, new ideas, and discover new abilities in yourself. You may even realize something that will help shape your future, like what college you want to attend, what area you want to study, or how you want to spend the next few months in preparation for those next steps.

Further Reading: 6 Ways to Deepen Your Travel Experiences 

5) You will make an impact

If you go with an organization that runs quality, sustainable volunteer projects, you will have the opportunity to contribute to the development and empowerment of a local community. GVI runs projects geared towards addressing the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. To read more about these worldwide initiatives, click here.

This Spring Break, you can take more control of your future and choose an option that will give you an unforgettable experience. Career development has never felt so fun!
Who knows, you may love your alternative spring break program so much, that you decide to travel and learn some more through a service-learning program, an international internship, or a gap year!

Feel ready to start making a difference? Find out more about GVI’s international, award-winning volunteering programs and internships, and choose from community development, animal care, teaching, women’s empowerment, and conservation projects worldwide.