The holiday season also means finals season. To help you get through your upcoming tests and exams, let’s think about warmer temperatures and future travel plans! If you’re looking to use next year’s week without class to explore a new part of the world while giving back, check out these 8 volunteer programs abroad that will fit into your short Spring Break schedule:
1.Be The Change Course: Kathmandu, Nepal – Global Volunteer Network
This 1 week intensive prepares individuals to become change agents in communities around the world. If you’re interested in working in the non-profit/charity sector, or want to learn more about social entrepreneurship, take your Spring break to Nepal and make a difference.
For Spring Breakers with availability: March 15th – 21st, 2015
2.Organic Farming Volunteer Project in Belize – Kaya Responsible Travel
Want to go abroad for Spring Break, but not looking to go too far? Belize is just shy of 1,000 miles from Texas, and volunteers will work on a small farm that works to grow organic food sustainably to support abused and orphaned children. Give back to the children of San Ignacio with this Spring Break project that is sure to make a difference. Kaya also offers 1 week Spring Break projects in Ecuador and Costa Rica!
Dates: Contact Kaya to discuss your dates and availability
3. Alternative Healthcare Volunteer Program in Mexico – Love Volunteers
Spend your week away from school volunteering on a project that brings alternative health care to underprivileged indigenous communities in Temixco. If you’re interested in yoga and meditation, this is a great opportunity for you to use your creativity in organizing classes and providing support at the wellness center.
Dates: Programs start every Monday
4. Circus Arts (Theater) Volunteering in Costa Rica – Performing Arts Abroad
Get artsy this Spring Break by volunteering with at-risk youth in Costa Rica. This program is a great opportunity to use your theatrical skills or dance abilities. From miming, to juggling and acrobatics, this program offers a chance to further develop your performance skills while connecting with local teens. This program does require a commitment of at least ten hours of volunteering for a one week stay.
Dates: Flexible for your week of Spring Break. Just make sure you apply two months before you want your volunteer placement to begin.
5. Highland Adventure Student Volunteer Group Project in Thailand – Friends For Asia
Grab your friends and organize an adventure! This unique Spring Break option combines community service at 2-3 different sites, with a side of adventure! Most projects work involve some type of work with children. Your volunteer experience also includes a visit to an elephant camp, canopy zip-lining, and a river boat dinner cruise!
6. Temple Renovation in Sri Lanka – International Volunteer HQ
Looking to REALLY get away for Spring Break this year? This project focusing on Temple Renovation in Sri Lanka might be just the ticket. Learn about traditional construction methods and the significance of temples within Sri Lankan culture through repairing and cleaning these ancient structures.
Dates: Volunteer program starts the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month
7. Volunteer with Dumpsite Children in the Philippines – Volunteer For the Visayans
Lucky to have a longer Spring Break? If you have 2 weeks and extra enthusiasm to spare, participate in a meaningful project abroad when you volunteer with children at the Tacloban City Dump. Support interactive activities, help children develop social skills, and serve as a positive role this Spring Break!
Dates: Start of April
8. Volunteer in Morocco – Cross-Cultural Solutions (CCS)
Warm up with a Spring Break volunteer trip to northern Africa. Participates in projects that involve education, child care, or social services! Get a first hand look into Islam and the history Rabat offers while making a difference in the lives of others.
Dates: One week program start dates-March 14th, March 28th, and April 18th